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Experience First Awarded 2023 Travelers’ Choice® Best of the Best

New York, NY – July 5, 2023 – ExperienceFirst has been recognized by Tripadvisor as a 2023 Travelers’ Choice® Best of the Best award winner for ‘Best Cultural & Historical Experiences’ ranking sixth out of 25 for its Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour. The awards honor travelers’ favorite destinations, hotels, restaurants, things to do, and beyond, based on the reviews and opinions collected from travelers and diners around the world on Tripadvisor over a 12-month period. Best of the Best award winners are among the top 1% of listings on Tripadvisor, distinguishing them as travelers’ favorites for 2023.


Andrew Luan, Founder and CEO of ExperienceFirst, commented, “I started ExperienceFirst with a mission to educate and entertain visitors so they leave with a better understanding of the destination, whether it’s their own backyard or a traveler from around the world. We pride ourselves on delivering quality tours that are led by expert local guides who will make the places visited come alive, creating once-in-a-lifetime memories. We are proud to have over 46K 5-star reviews and we are thrilled that one of our legacy tours has been ranked among the top in the US by Tripadvisor® in 2023 Travelers’ Choice® Best of the Best.”


ExperienceFirst’s Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour is a global award-winning tour of New York’s two most iconic landmarks. The tour starts at Castle Clinton, where guests board the ferry to Liberty Island and an expert local guide will share the surprising history about the statue. Guests will visit the Statue of Liberty Museum and hop back on the ferry and cruise over to Ellis Island to learn about the millions of immigrants who passed through between 1892 and 1954. A guide will point out significant monuments on the grounds, including the American Immigrant Wall of Honor. Guests will get a preview of the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum before returning by ferry to Battery Park.


“Congratulations to the 2023 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice® Best of the Best winners,” said John Boris, Chief Growth Officer at Tripadvisor. “The travel resurgence we’ve seen throughout the past year has even further heightened the competition. Ranking among the Best of the Best demonstrates that you have provided exemplary experiences to those who matter most: your guests. With changing expectations, continued labor shortages, and rising costs, this is no easy feat, and I am continually impressed with the hospitality industry’s resilience and ability to adapt. Cheers to another successful year!”

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About ExperienceFirst

ExperienceFirst is a global award-winning tour company offering the unforgettable opportunity to learn about the unseen history and culture of the destination with top-rated local guide experts. Whether you’re traveling to a new destination or exploring your hometown, ExperienceFirst offers over 100 tours perfect for friend groups, family outings, solo travelers, and more, and is proud to have over 46K+ 5-star reviews. Available in 12 major international cities including New York, LA, San Francisco, San Diego, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Chicago, Boston, Barcelona, Rome and Paris, ExperienceFirst showcases the best local hotspots – from world-famous landmarks to local neighborhoods.


About Tripadvisor

Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel guidance platform*, helps hundreds of millions of people each month** become better travelers, from planning to booking to taking a trip. Travelers across the globe use the Tripadvisor site and app to discover where to stay, what to do and where to eat based on guidance from those who have been there before. With more than 1 billion reviews and opinions of nearly 8 million businesses, travelers turn to Tripadvisor to find deals on accommodations, book experiences, reserve tables at delicious restaurants and discover great places nearby. As a travel guidance company available in 43 markets and 22 languages, Tripadvisor makes planning easy no matter the trip type. The subsidiaries of Tripadvisor, Inc. (Nasdaq: TRIP), own and operate a portfolio of travel media brands and businesses, operating under various websites and apps.
*  Source: SimilarWeb, unique users de-duplicated monthly, March 2023
** Source: Tripadvisor internal log files