Montréal, October 23, 2012 – Tourisme Montréal is pleased to announce thatMontréal is listed among the Top 10 cities to visit in 2013 according to Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2013. Moreover, Montréal is the only Canadian city on this prestigious list and, in fact, one of only two North American cities. The authors underline the unique art of living and joie de vivre travellers can experience in Montréal. They also point out the great variety of festivals and events held in the city, plus its numerous cultural and natural attractions.
Best in Travel is Lonely Planet’s annual collection of the world’s best trends, destinations, journeys and experiences for the upcoming year. Montreal holds 8th position in the 2013 edition.
“This is outstanding news! We’ve worked diligently with many partners to position our city as a vibrant, creative and exciting destination for all kinds of tourists and as this recognition shows, it is paying off. I am confident that this list will help keep Montréal top-of-mind for more travellers when it comes to choosing a destination in 2013,” underlines the Honourable Charles Lapointe, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tourisme Montréal.
“We chose Montreal for Best in Travel 2013 due to its mélange of cultures, socially-responsible businesses, great food and unique style,” says Jennye Garibaldi, Lonely Planet’s Commissioning Editor for Canada. “And with the launch of the new Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, the unveiling of the Grévin Wax Museum and the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Place des Arts, Montreal’s social calendar is overflowing in 2013.”
Lonely Planet authors and selected members of their online travel community nominate destinations, specifying why each place would be worth visiting in 2013 in line with criteria such as topicality and value for money. The regional publishing teams then choose a shortlist of destinations from which a panel of in-house experts then select to determine the final ten. These destinations are not a heads-up about where travellers are going, but rather Lonely Planet’s pick of where they think travellers should go.
Lonely Planet’s Top 10 cities in 2013:
1- San Francisco, United States
2- Amsterdam, The Netherlands
3- Hyderabad, India
4- Derry/ Londonderry, Northern Ireland
5- Beijing, China
6- Christchurch, New Zealand
7- Hobart, Australia
8- Montréal, Canada
9- Addis Abada, Ethiopia
10-Puerto Iguazù, Argentina
For more information, visit www.lonelyplanet.com/themes/best-in-travel-2013/top-10-cities/
About Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet is the world’s leading travel publisher. Started in 1973, we enable curious travelers to experience the world and get to the heart of a place via guidebooks to every destination on the planet, an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products and a dedicated traveler community. Visit us at www.lonelyplanet.com.
About Tourisme Montréal
Tourisme Montréal is responsible for providing leadership in the concerted efforts of hospitality and promotion in order to position the “Montréal” destination on leisure and business travel markets. It is also responsible for developing Montréal's tourism product in accordance with the ever-changing conditions of the market. For more information, please visit www.tourisme-montreal.org.
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