Da Nang, a coastal city in the central region of Vietnam, has outshined several globally famous destinations to take the No.1 spot in Google’s list of top 10 global destinations in 2020.
The search engine giant published the list on Wednesday, revealing the world's Internet hotel booking and holiday searches for this year, based on such metrics as frequency, popularity, price, as well as travel conditions.
Accordingly, Vietnam’s Da Nang surpassed several other well-known cities in the world, including Asian tourist hotspots such as Tokyo, Seoul, and Bangkok, to stand in the Top 1 of trending destinations.
Sao Paolo in Brazil was the second-most trending stop, while Seoul in South Korea came in third.
"The sandy beaches in Da Nang, the nightlife of Sao Paulo, and Korean barbecue in Seoul are the first things those planning their vacation consider," Google said in its report.
Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, ranked fourth, followed by Israel’s Tel Aviv, which is famous for its beaches, warm weather, and bustling nightlife.
|A bird's eye view of Ba Na Hills in Da Nang, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
Other cities including Marseille in France, Vienna in Austria, Bangkok in Thailand, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, and Perth in Australia rounded the top 10.
In 2019, Da Nang welcomed 8.69 million holidaymakers, up 30.7 percent from the previous year, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.
Nearly 3.5 million of them were foreigners.
As of December 2019, 35 international and 10 domestic air routes respectively operated 496 and 662 flights weekly to the central coastal city.
Da Nang is a gateway to four world heritage sites of Vietnam including the former royal capital city of Hue, Hoi An Ancient Town and My Son Sanctuary in the neighboring province of Quang Nam, and the UNESCO-recognized Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in the north-central Quang Binh Province, home to the world's largest cave, Son Doong.
The city targets 9.8 million tourists in 2020, according to the municipal Department of Tourism.