Rust, Germany: The world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor, has announced its 2016 Travellers’ Choice Awards for amusement parks. Travellers from across the world submitted their opinions. The awards are based on millions of holidaymaker reviews and ratings. Based on this evidence, Europa-Park is the most popular theme park in Germany and in the whole of Europe. The world’s largest seasonal amusement park, with more than 100 attractions and shows, as well as 14 European-themed areas and five park-owned 4* themed hotels, welcomed over 5.5 million visitors last season.
According to a study conducted by TripAdvisor, the website for travel planning and booking, the interest in amusement parks among international globetrotters has risen by 45 percent compared to 2015. Trips to theme parks are very popular, particularly when taking the whole family. According to the survey, theme park enthusiasts are even willing to travel long distances to visit a park: 41 percent actually travel further than 200 kilometres. The 2016 Travellers’ Choice Awards for amusement parks provide some inspiration for the next exciting trip. The awards are based on millions of traveller reviews and ratings and are awarded on the basis of an algorithm that evaluates the quality and quantity of reviews for amusement parks worldwide over a twelvemonth period.
TripAdvisor announced the winners on 29 June 2016. In the “amusement parks” category, Europa-Park not only came top in Germany, but was also voted number one in Europe. In the currently over 6.000 reviews in 23 languages by visitors from all over the world, the features highlighted included the diversity of the rollercoasters, the offers for all ages, the organisation generally (incl. the Europa-Park app, for instance) and the hotel offers. “One point first of all: Europa-Park is huge and it is difficult to explore everything in a single day. Consequently, it is best to plan a two-day visit with an overnight stay in one of the brilliant Europa-Park hotels. Rollercoaster fans will find that they get their money’s worth, as well as people who prefer things a bit calmer. There is also an amazing variety of shows on offer. Great food from all over Europe rounds the visit to the park off. One trip to Europa-Park a year is an absolute must for us! It’s great every single time!” wrote one visitor. From mid- 2016 Season July, visitors to Germany’s largest theme park can look forward to checking out the new Irish themed area – a grass-green oasis for young and old with exciting adventures, new rides and a large indoor play area designed in typical Irish style.
“We are delighted about the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. This award based on public popularity is an indicator that our concept of an amusement park for the entire family goes down very well with both our domestic visitors and international travellers. And 80 percent of our visitors keep returning to our park, which is why we pay special attention to their feedback in online reviews,” said Roland Mack, Europa-Park’s owner.
TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site, providing information to help travellers plan their trips. TripAdvisor offers authentic traveller reviews and a large selection of planning features covering diverse aspects of travel, as well as direct links to booking platforms. The winners of the Travellers’ Choice Awards were determined on the basis of the quality and quantity of traveller reviews of amusement parks around the world listed on TripAdvisor.
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