TripAdvisor names Destin to national top 10 list

               TripAdvisor names Destin to national top 10 list

Florida Panhandle beach city named third for "Destinations on the Rise in the

PR Newswire

DESTIN, Fla., Jan. 6, 2014

DESTIN, Fla., Jan. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Leading travel website TripAdvisor
named Destin, Fla., to its 2013 annual top 10 list of "Destinations on the
Rise in the U.S.," which ranks travel hotspots that received the greatest
increase in positive traveler feedback and traveler interest from the
company's customers.

"TripAdvisor is the dominant source of travel information on the Internet,"
said Ed Schroeder, director of the Emerald Coast Tourist Development
Department. "To have TripAdvisor's customers think so highly of Destin and the
Emerald Coast is fantastic.We agree Destin is the destination of choice for
travelers visiting our special vacation spot."

Destin ranked third in the country after Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and Anchorage,
Alaska, and is the only destination in the Southeastern U.S. to be recognized
by TripAdvisor in the annual poll.

"For travelers looking for inspiration for their 2014 travel planning,
TripAdvisor travelers have helped us put a spotlight on some amazing
destinations that caught the eye of travelers this past year," said Barbara
Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. "Between large cities
gathering steam and off-the-beaten-path spots surfaced by our community,
travelers can discover wonderful accommodations, attractions and restaurants
in all of these award-winning destinations."

And with spectacular sugar-white sand beaches, emerald-green Gulf waters and
an abundance of activities, Destin's Schroeder said there's something for
nearly every traveler.

"Visitors have so many options in Destin, from fishing and water sports to
golf and numerous other family-friendly activities," Schroeder said. "Whether
it's a relaxing day at our beaches, shopping in our great local businesses or
dining on fresh Gulf seafood at great local restaurants, a Destin vacation is
one that will create lasting memories and have you wanting to return again and
again. We encourage travelers to come experience what TripAdvisor users have

For more information on visiting the Emerald Coast beaches of Destin, Ft.
Walton Beach, and Okaloosa Island throughout the year, visit, or call 1-800-322-3319.

CONTACT: Larry Lovell
         Peter Mayer Public Relations
         PR Management Supervisor

SOURCE Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau

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