The Isles of Scilly have been named among the world’s top-ten destinations for 2010 by travel guide Frommer’s.
They were the only British destination to make the list, with other locations including Abu Dhabi, Copenhagen, Hawaii and Hanoi.
Isles of Scilly tourism officer Kate Steep said it was a "major coup" to have made the list, which was compiled by travel industry insiders, writers and Frommer’s readers.
"When you look at the other locations we are rubbing shoulders with, and consider we are the only UK destination to make the list, it is the perfect way to kick start the 2010 season," she commented.
The Cornish archipelago has been well documented on TV over the past year, with BBC series An Island Parish following the lives of Scillonians, while Countryfile and Top Gear have also visited the islands.
Previously, Adidas filmed a series of adverts on St Mary’s, the largest island, which saw locals rub shoulders with footballers David Beckham, Patrick Viera and Steven Gerrard.
The Scillies, which are located 28 miles south-west of the mainland, are accessible on flights from Newquay, Exeter, Bristol, Southampton and Land’s End.