Richmond took first place in a ranking of Canada’s 50 most popular travel destinations.
The city claimed the top spot with a “tourism sentiment score” of 28.30 and with air travel as the main draw, according to the tourism sentiment index.
The overall score is based on online conversations and content – such as social media, reviews, forums and blogs – that can impact a potential traveler’s idea of what a destination is. has to offer.
“To calculate the score, we collect all conversations and content around a destination and, through natural language processing, filter to those who are motivated by a destination’s tourism experiences or products,” the site says. Tourism Sentiment Index Web.
“The remaining data is categorized as positive, neutral, or negative as artificial intelligence deciphers the sentiment of human expression.”
The ranking comes from a study of 2021 data from the Tourism Sentiment Index, which includes more than 1.6 billion publicly available online conversations and content across more than 21,000 global destinations.
The Tourist Opinion Index used this data to identify the top 100 tourist destinations in the world, as well as the top 50 Canadian destinations.
In the Canadian rankings, Richmond was followed by Mississauga, Ontario, which took second place on the list with its restaurants, eateries and takeaways being the main driver of tourism in the city.
Several other cities in British Columbia made the rankings, including Kelowna in fourth (best driving force for vineyards and vineyards), Sushwap in sixth (best driving force for fishing), Tofino in eighth (its beaches being the number one draw for tourists) and Vancouver, which ranked 33rd, also with a large number of restaurants, restaurants and takeaways.