This article by ‘Skift’ questions whether there’s a need for The New York Times to recommend 52 Places to Go every year, as it has for the last 13 years, now that social media and review sites make searching much easier, and the destinations are rather predictable.

The newspaper threw open the opportunity for readers to travel around the world and write up about the 52 destinations, but last year the job was actually given to an experienced journalist from New York Magazine, and this year was again awarded to a journalist.

Skift claims the 52 Places are suggestions from professional journalists and not picks from travellers or globetrotters, and that consumers are encouraged to travel to destinations at risk of an ecological catastrophe and overtourism.

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