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TTC Special: The Secondary City hour

TTC Special: The Secondary City hour

Sao Miguel island, Azores, Portugal. Photo: Mauro Rodrigues/123rf

By F. Martin

TTC Service: Azores in Portugal, Inverness in the United Kingdom, Cuenca in Ecuador and Cartagena in Colombia among other cities in the world considered as secondary had a successful 2018 as a stable trend in the tourism industry.

According to Expedia.com the results of a study about top trends in travel for 2018 show that American travelers are increasingly interested in unique and novel experiences.

Highlights from the report include the rise of secondary destinations like Chiang Mai, the Azores and Cartagena, and non-traditional lodging options such as houseboats.

The results of the analysis published by www.traveldailynews.com showed the activities and attractions space, observation decks and architectural landmarks that saw the biggest growth, with cooking classes and other culinary experiences close behind.

The specialists have called 2018 The Year of the Secondary City.

One of the conclusions of Expedia is that it was clear that U.S. travelers are venturing beyond the primary tourist stops to seek out the culturally-rich offerings of secondary cities.

However according to the report the reasons for success vary by city. For example, Portugal had a major moment in 2018, seeing big boosts in tourism throughout the year.

But it wasn’t just Lisbon and Porto attracting crowds – the Azores also wooed tourists with its dramatic landscapes and world-class diving and hiking.

Another secondary city, Chiang Mai in Thailand, is a Bangkok’s more laid-back and spiritual sibling and home to hundreds of Buddhist temples, incredible street food and historic festivals.

In United Kingdom, one of the top global destinations in the world flight data proves travelers are venturing farther London to Belfast in Northern Ireland and Inverness in Scotland.

Cuenca in Ecuador saw increased demand. Perhaps word is getting out that its historic city center, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and array of street markets are just as worthy of a visit.

Quite different in terms of climate and personality than the capital city of Bogota, Cartagena is rich in colonial charm.

Seville, Spain, will not disappoint. Less touristy than popular Barcelona, locals would tell you Seville is where to find authentic flamenco and tapas.

Other experts think that secondary cities as Cienfuegos in Cuba, Montego Bay in Jamaica, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte in Brazil and many others worldwide qualify as prosperous secondary cities.