01/05/2012 04:55 EST | Updated 03/06/2012 05:12 EST

Penticton, B.C. named top 10 world travel destination in Facebook survey

PENTICTON, B.C. - Penticton, B.C. is one of the 10 best places in the world to visit, according to a survey of Facebook users by the on-line publication The Huffington Post.

The publication says it analyzed more than 200 million comments and other travel references on the social network site to come up with the list.

The article says Penticton — nestled in the Okanagan Valley about a five hour drive east of Vancouver — is becoming a year-round vacation hot spot with its beautiful beaches, a burgeoning wine industry and many outdoor activities.

Eric Sorensen, chair of the Penticton Business Development Group, calls the ranking a "huge coup" for his city.

He says now the world knows about the area's natural assets and the local tourism business is looking forward to welcoming new visitors as a result of the article.

Portland, Oregon, and Charleston, South Carolina also made the list, along with cities in Spain, Columbia, Bolivia, Estonia, Croatia, Vietnam, and Laos.