Condé Nast Traveler, the lifestyle and luxury travel mag by Advance Publications subsidiary Condé Nast, just recently released its 29 th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. These awards go to the ranking of the Top 10 Friendliest (and Unfriendly) US Cities and the Top 20 Friendliest Global Cities (and Top 10 Unfriendly), with a shortened Top 10 Friendliest Global Cities being formed for CNN.
CNT used feedback from over 100,000 magazine readers, who answered a survey on the magazine about their favorite hotels, airlines, cruise lines, resorts, islands, future travel destinations and of course, cities both friendly and not. Also for the fourth time ever in the survey, readers were able to submit their own personal opinions about why they thought a city was very friendly or otherwise. This quality was judged in the survey by the broad criteria of a city’s general appearance and the attitude of its residents to travelers from out of town.
The resulting list for Top Friendliest Cities in the World also contained overlapping entries from the Top Friendliest US Cities, and what was revealed was quite surprising. For 2016 there is one city that was opined to be the friendliest in both the United States and the whole world according to CNT readers. This is Charleston in South Carolina, a city as southern as they come.
It’s hard to believe that the same city where the US Civil War broke out due to its seceding from the Union to both preserve its slave-driven industry and rights as an individual state over the Federal government, is now believed to be the one city in both America and the world where visitors can expect the warmest of welcomes.
To quote a CNT reader who voted for Charleston: “People speak to each other!” Charlestonians have wowed tourists from the rest of the US and the world at large for being quick to say “Hello” and accommodate questions for directions and requests for assistance. And they don’t just reserve that for visitors; they’re the same way to each other as well, much to the delight of observers.
Condé Nast deputy digital editor Laura Redman has remarked to CNN about the great influx of people going to visit Charleston. Even Europeans tourists are headed to the city, in her words, “Because they've heard about the food and the architecture's getting great press, and it's having a moment." In fact, three Southern US cities have made the Top 10 Friendliest Cities in the world. Aside from Charleston there is Savannah, Georgia at #7 (#3 US) and Nashville, Tennessee at #10 (#4 US).
The rest of the Top 10 Cities in the World are Bruges, Belgium at #9; Krakow, Poland at #8; Galway, Ireland at #6; Park City, Utah at #5 (#2 US); Queenstown, New Zealand at #4; Dublin, Ireland at third place; and Sydney, Australia at second place.
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