Source: Times Colonist
Author: Carla Wilson
Victoria has been chosen to be on a list of the top 10 cities in the world, tucked between Vancouver and Salzburg, Austria, according to a new poll.
Victoria came in seventh place in the Condé Nast Traveler 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards survey. The magazine’s readers cast more than 100,000 votes for their favourite cities outside the U.S.
The recognition helps strengthen Victoria on the world tourism stage, something that the local hospitality sector has worked hard to attain for years.
“This is a huge deal, though most people, including civic leaders, won’t grasp how important this is,” said Paul Nursey, Tourism Victoria CEO.
This is what Condé Nast said about our city: “As a former British colony, Victoria retains stately mansions and picturesque gardens perfect for walking and gazing. Its mild climate and location on the southern end of Vancouver Island also make it an excellent location for outdoor activities: Take a kayak tour of Victoria Harbour, or walk a half mile over the sea on the Ogden Point Breakwater. For excellent traditional fish-and-chips on the docks, try the aptly named Red Fish Blue Fish.”
Among Canadian hotels, Condé Nast readers put the Magnolia Hotel and Spa in second place, with the Fairmont Empress in seventh spot.
TOP 10 CITIES
1. Tokyo, Japan
2. Kyoto, Japan
3. Florence, Italy
4. Lucerne, Switzerland
5. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
8. Salzburg, Austria
9. Barcelona, Spain
10. Vienna, Austria