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TORQUAY has been voted top UK seaside resort in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.

Torquay is the only seaside resort in the Best Destination in the UK accolade.

Torquay came third after cities London and Edinburgh.

TripAdvisor said: "In a list dominated by larger cities, Torquay’s strong showing particularly stands out – placing it higher than any other seaside destination in the UK and one of only two towns to make the top ten, the other being Llandudno."

Carolyn Custerson, Chief Executive of the English Riviera Tourism Company (ERTC) said: “The positive publicity generated by the annual TripAdvisor awards is huge and definitely something that money can’t buy.

"I’d like to give my warm thanks and congratulations to all those tourism businesses that have upped their game to bring this remarkable achievement to the English Riviera. Timing couldn’t be better to help ensure another successful season."

James Kay, TripAdvisor spokesperson, commented, “These awards are based on millions of reviews and ratings by those that really matter - travellers themselves. Torquay’s strong showing, the highest of any town in the UK, is testament to the unquestionable appeal of this seaside destination.”

Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, attractions and restaurants in destinations worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.

The English Riviera has a growing reputation as a year-round destination of choice with lots to do and see complemented by a warm English Riviera welcome. Hundreds of events and festivals are now listed on the interactive What’s On Calendar of the award-winning destination website managed by the ERTC.

For the complete list of 2014 Travellers’ Choice Destinations winners, go to

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