The votes are tallied; the global community has spoken. The winners, in what some call "The World's First Global Election," have been chosen. The New Seven Wonders of the World have finally been selected, click here to watch a slide show.
This "contest" threw the world into a tizzy. Brazil, for example, spent lots of time and money to get Rio's Christ the Redeemer on the list, urging their citizens to vote, running TV ads and implementing a blitz of other publicity-generating tactics. The ramifications of getting on this list could be, pardon the pun, monumental. For many travelers, the New Seven Wonders list may become their "Places to Visit Before I Die List."
According to an online news source,
"Popularity contest or not, Mexican officials say the prestige of having one of the Seven Wonders of the World would attract hundreds of thousands of new visitors each year. And that would translate into jobs, health care and houses for Mexico's impoverished people."