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Friday, February 21, 2014

Anna Maria ranked third among U.S. islands – Charles Schelle Bradenton Herald

Anna Maria ranked third among U.S. islands – Charles Schelle Bradenton Herald

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BY CHARLES SCHELLE February 20, 2014

ANNA MARIA ISLAND -- TripAdvisor has named Anna Maria Island the No. 3 island in the United States, up a spot from last year's No. 4 ranking.

The rating is based on the second annual Traveler's Choice Island awards from the website that compiles ratings and recommendations from travelers.

The TripAdvisor ranking is incredibly important to tourism in Anna Maria, notes Elliott Falcione, executive director for the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"TripAdvisor is really our biggest critic when it comes to visitation," Falcione said. "For them to rank Anna Maria with its character and Old Florida environment, it shows once again it's one of the top places to visit in the United States."

According to a site poll, 72 percent of U.S. respondents plan on visiting an island in 2014. Marco Island topped the list, with Chincoteague Island, Va., coming in second. Key West was the only other Florida island to make the list at No. 10.

Top 10 Islands in the U.S.: 1. Marco Island, Florida 2. Chincoteague Island, Virginia 3. Anna Maria Island, Florida 4. San Juan Island, Washington 5. Maui, Hawaii 6. Kauai, Hawaii 7. Island of Hawaii, Hawaii 8. Nantucket, Massachusetts 9. Hilton Head, South Carolina 10. Key West, Florida

Charles Schelle, Herald business reporter. Follow him on Twitter @ImYourChuck.


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