Thursday 25 December 2014

Dublin the fifth friendliest city on earth - Condé Nast Traveler

Published 08/08/2014 | 12:44

Dublin has been voted the world's fifth friendliest city by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, the prestigious US travel magazine.

Dublin is a “vibrant city” that’s a “bibliophile’s dream”, according to its readers.

Apart from being “green, lush, and very walkable,” it’s also “the kind of place you stop in for a drink in a local pub, only to end up chatting with the locals for the next five hours.”

Lists of the world's friendliest and unfriendliest cites were culled from Condé Nast Traveler's annual Readers' Choice Survey, which asks readers to rate their top hotels, destinations, resorts, cruises and arilines around the world.

Even First Lady Michelle Obama is a fan of Dublin, the magazine says - referring to the recent visit by the First Lady and her daughters, who stayed at the Shelbourne Hotel last year while President Barack Obama attended the G8 summit in Fermanagh.

Mrs Obama joined Bono for a pint in his local, Finnegan's of Dalkey.

The survey results are a boost for the capital - which has shot into the Top 10 after last year posting a ranking of 13th. The full list is as follows:

  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Victoria, BC, Canada
  • Charleston, South Carolina, US
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Savannah, Georgia, US
  • Seville, Spain

The influential title also published a list of the world's unfriendliest cities... with South Africa's Jo'burg faring worst.

“It is not safe to travel in Johannesburg independently,” one reader warned, while others called the city “dangerous” and “a city of crime and contrasts.” In one instance, a visitor was “pressured to give a tip for personal service, which was not received.”

The world's unfriendliest cities:

  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Cannes, France
  • Moscow, Russia
  • Paris, France
  • Marseilles, France
  • Beijing, China
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Milan, Italy
  • Monte Carlo, Monaco
  • Nassau, Bahamas

Welcoming the news that Dublin had been voted fifth friendliest city in the world, Niall Gibbons, Tourism Ireland chief executive, said:

“Again and again, our research shows us that the friendliness of our people is one of our unique selling points. It is the warm welcome and the ‘craic’ here that resonates with our overseas visitors and makes Dublin and Ireland such a great choice for a short break or holiday."

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