Jerusalem named top travel destination

Capital is the only Middle Eastern city to receive award.

May 14, 2010 14:24
Jerusalem's Old City

Jerusalem's Old City. (photo credit: Sponsor)

Jerusalem has been named one of the world's top 10 travel destinations for culture and sightseeing.

The TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice award for Jerusalem, the only city in the Middle East and Africa to receive the honor, was announced Wednesday.

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TripAdvisor lists several sites in Jerusalem as must-see for travelers, including the Western Wall, Temple Mount, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and the City of David.

About 317,000 visitors entered Israel in April, a 26 percent increase over the same month last year.

TripAdvisor features more than 30 million traveler reviews and opinions on vacation destinations around the world. It attracts more than 9 million viewers per month.

Other destinations on the top 10 list include London, New York City, Paris, Rome and Washington, D.C. Also, Florence and Venice, in Italy; Istanbul, Turkey; and Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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