The one European city voted amongst the world’s friendliest?: It’s Kilkenny
KILKENNY city has been announced as one of the world’s most friendly cities.
It came in at number nine on the line up announced by the respected travel magazine ‘Conde Nast’, after it was voted for by the magazines readers.
The ‘Marble City’ is the only European city to be ranked in the top 10.
Top of the list was Brazil’s Florianopolis, followed by Hobart in Tasmania; Thimpu in Bhutan; Queenstown, New Zealand; Charlestown, South Carolina, Paro, Bhutan, which was tied with Australia’s Margaret River; Mandalay in Burma; Kilkenny and Ubud; and Chiang Mai in Thailand.
Dublin made it to 12th place, while Cork was number 20.
Colin Ahern, the Chairman of Kilkenny tourism, has said the recently launched “Visitor Welcome Ambassador” programme was key to its strong placing, adding this achievement “was no accident”.
Businesses, tourists and Kilkenny natives participated in this programme which issues tourists with a “Kilkenny Welcome Ambassador Passport”.
This passport encourages those interested to visit attractions across the county, allowing them free. Holders of fully completed passports will be awarded a badge from Kilkenny jewellery designers ‘Hetzel Jewellers’.
Langton House Hotel is located on the city’s busy John Street, and has proved to be quite popular with tourists over the years.
Sean Read is part of the management team in the family run business, and he said the hotel was very excited to hear this morning’s announcement.
“We all think it is fantastic,” he said.
“It is quite an honour really, it is something that Kilkenny would always bank on – the fact that the locals are so friendly and helpful, and would welcome anyone to the city”.
Mr Read said the hotel is very excited to get involved in the “Visitor Welcome Ambassador” programme, and will be participating in the workshop soon.
“It is a fantastic and something we really want to be a part of”.
Mr Read also congratulated the Kilkenny tourism board, and accredited today’s accolade with their hard work.
“There is a lot of work that goes on. They do great work to promote Kilkenny”.
Kilkenny has recently enjoyed a huge increase in its booming tourism industry, and in 2012 welcomed 219,000 international visitors.
This summer has been busy for the city, with it recently opening its doors to welcome over 50,000 visitors for the Bruce Springsteen concerts in Nowlan Park, as well as the annual Cat Laughs Festival in June.