Travel + Leisure Announces Top 15 Cities In Europe

Spain and Italy claimed most of the top prizes in Travel + Leisure’s 2017 reader’s survey of the top tourist draws in Europe. Out of this list of 15 cities, eight spots went to locales in these two nations.

The top prize went to Italy’s Florence. This shouldn’t come as a shock to readers, especially considering Florence won the top honor ten out of the past eleven years. Out of a possible score of 100, Florence got a 90.75.

Italy also clinched second place with the capital city Rome. “The Eternal City” raked in a score of 89.73 from Travel + Leisure’s readers.

Coming in third place was Spain’s second largest city: Barcelona. Barcelona’s score of 89.52 was extremely close to Rome this year.

Rounding out the top five European cities on this list were San Sebastián in Spain and Hungary’s capital Budapest. These two cities scored 89.52 and 89.19, respectively.

The only other nation that had more than one city on this year’s list was Portugal. The Portuguese capital Lisbon came in tenth place and the city of Porto came in ninth. Travel experts say this is yet more evidence of Portugal’s rising status as a major player in the European tourism industry. Both cities scored in the 88-point range.

Travel + Leisure authors asked readers to rank major tourist destinations in areas such as friendliness, cost, food quality, shopping opportunities, and cultural experiences. Respondents praised Florence’s efforts to preserve its cultural identity by blocking off fast-food chains from the city center and planning renovations at the Uffizi Gallery.

From sixth place to fifteenth, this is how Travel + Leisure’s list broke down: Siena, Seville, Kraków, Porto, Lisbon, Prague, Venice, Edinburgh, Istanbul, and Madrid.

Travel + Leisure Announces Nominees For Readers’ Choice World Destination 2017

The editors at Travel + Leisure are excited to announce their nominees for the 2017 Readers’ Choice Destination of the Year. Now readers from around the world can cast their vote for the destination they believe deserves this year’s top prize.

In total, Travel + Leisure narrowed down their list to 23 countries and cities. The list includes a great mix of obvious tourist hotspots and “off the beaten path” locales that are just starting to get more attention.

First on the list is the island nation of Bermuda. Editors note that Bermuda has been working hard this year to attract new tourists by hosting dozens of major events such as the America’s Cup. The country has also put a ton of money into travel infrastructure, especially revitalizing the famous Hamilton Princess hotel.

Next on the list is the great state of California. Although much of this western state was devastated by wildfires this summer, Travel + Leisure editors say that California’s famous Napa and Sonoma wineries are intact and booming with business. Nature lovers are also extremely happy that California opened up Highway 1 into Big Sur this year.

Third on Travel + Leisure’s list is the Asian nation of Cambodia. Amazingly, Cambodia’s tourism traffic rose by 12 percent in just the first quarter of this year. The most popular tourist attractions, of course, are the ancient temples such as Angkor Wat. However, more people are also taking advantage of Cambodia’s great beaches and luxury hotels in the capital of Phnom Penh.

The rest of the destinations on this list in alphabetical order include Canada, Cape Town, the Caribbean, Chile, the country of Georgia, Greece, Iceland, South Korea, Mexico City, Minneapolis, Montana, Namibia, New Orleans, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Santa Fe, Sicily, Slovenia, and Vietnam. Travel + Leisure will announce the destination with the most votes on November 15th.