Best of both worlds

New re­port shows the most pop­u­lar spots for trav­ellers and lo­cals in cities world­wide.

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IN LON­DON, the most pop­u­lar attraction for tourists is the Tower of Lon­don. For lo­cals, that changes to Bor­ough Mar­ket. In New York, tourists are more likely to check in to the Hard Rock Cafe. But when it comes to eat­ing at a res­tau­rant chain, lo­cals in the know pre­fer eat­ing at the burger joint Shake Shack.

That's ac­cord­ing to a break­down by Tri­pAd­vi­sor, which cre­ated a chart com­par­ing the most pop­u­lar places of in­ter­est among tourists and lo­cals in cities around the world.

For the lists, an­a­lysts looked at the num­ber of check-ins made via smart­phone GPS and mo­tion sen­sors.

While dif­fer­ences are to be ex­pected, the break­down re­veals that in many cases, both trav­ellers and lo­cals alike ac­tu­ally share sim­i­lar in­ter­ests.

In New York, for ex­am­ple, Madi­son Square Gar­den topped the most pop­u­lar attraction cat­e­gory for both tourists and lo­cals, while the Mag­nif­i­cent Mile is like­wise tops for both groups in Chicago.

One of the hottest din­ing desti­na­tions in Lon­don, Dishoom Con­vent Gar­den which serves a mod­ern In­dian menu, is rated the most pop­u­lar res­tau­rant for both vis­i­tors and lo­cals.

And in Paris, you'll find both tourists and lo­cals rub­bing shoul­ders at gourmet gro­cery store Lafayette Gourmet and Parisian tea house and mac­aron pur­veyor Laduree.

Here's a look at how dif­fer­ent cities stack up: New York City

At­trac­tions for tourists

1. Madi­son Square Gar­den

2. Na­tional 9/11 Memo­rial and Mu­seum

3. Times Square

At­trac­tions for lo­cals

1.Madi­son Square Gar­den

2. Bryant Park

3. One World Ob­ser­va­tory-World Trade Cen­ter Paris

Top attraction for vis­i­tors

1. Musee du Lou­vre

2. Eif­fel Tower

3. Champs-El­y­sees THE hap­pi­est place on earth is also the most In­sta­gram-wor­thy, ac­cord­ing to a new in­dex that claims to rank the most In­sta­grammed tourist desti­na­tions around the world.

Not only does Dis­ney­land in Cal­i­for­nia top Trav­elBird's (travel book­ing site) list of the most In­sta­grammed places around the world, but the #hap­pi­est­placeon­earth boasts a lead that dou­bles its near­est ri­val, the Eif­fel Tower.

The num­ber of hash­tags for Dis­ney­land rounds up to more than 14.6 mil­lion, while the Eif­fel Tower has about 7.2 mil­lion.

For the list, the on­line travel agency looked at the num­ber of geo-lo­cat­ing hash­tags along with re­lated hash­tags.

Amer­i­can sites dom­i­nate the list with five Top attraction for lo­cals

1. Champs-El­y­sees

2. Palais Garnier

3. Musee du Lou­vre Los An­ge­les

Top attraction for trav­ellers

1. Univer­sal Stu­dios Hol­ly­wood

2. Hol­ly­wood Walk of Fame

3. The Orig­i­nal Farmer's Mar­ket

Top attraction for lo­cals

1. Sta­ples Cen­ter

2. The Orig­i­nal Farm­ers Mar­ket

3. The Grove Lon­don

Top attraction for vis­i­tors

1. Tower of Lon­don

2. Bor­ough Mar­ket

3. Bri­tish Mu­seum

Top attraction for lo­cals

1. Bor­ough Mar­ket

2. St Paul's Cathe­dral

3. Sky Gar­den

– AFP Re­laxnews Do you have travel news you would like to share with read­ers? Or maybe ou know of a new gad­get that makes rav­el­ling bliss? Share any­thing new­sor­thy or new at star2­travel@thes­tar. Note that this space is not for list­ing of events or an­nounce­ments and that we re­serve the right to edit all sub­mis­sions.

Do you recog­nise this attraction in Lon­don? — AFP

Not only is Dis­ney­land in Cal­i­for­nia the most In­sta­grammed place, the hash­tag #hap­pi­est­placeon­earth is also very pop­u­lar. — AFP

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