Not every country is warm and welcoming to foreign travellers but, Conde Nast Traveler, a travel magazine, just made selecting a destination known for its hospitable manner, just a bit more easier!
Conde Nast Traveler just published their “World’s Friendliest Cities” list which include at least one Australian locale rounding out the top 10.
which is known for its immaculate sandy, white beaches, locked down the number 1 spot. Nicknamed the Island of Magic, the city is teeming with “nice” city dwellers and incredible markets full of fresh vegetables, fruit, fish and meat.
Hobart, which is best known for its “kind, friendly” citizens, registered at number 2. Travellers there, noted Hobarts’ “distinctive mountains, beaches and animals,” in addition to the island’s “pristine natural beauty.”
The main and capital city in Buhtan is Thimpu which scored the number 3 position. It is said to be a “fascination combination of modern and ancient.”
In fact, the Bhutanese people practice “promoting a policy of maintaining gross national happiness” with tourists encouraged to “pack your best relaxed attitude and sense of adventure.”
Margaret River, Australia tied with Paro, Bhutan for 6th place. A representative for Conde Nast Traveler says Margaret River’s beach life and vineyards are incredible.
“It’s no wonder this small town, just south of Perth on Australia’s west coast, ranked high in the friendliest category. It’s known for excellent vineyards and plenty of surfing – who wouldn’t be happy? Our readers also praised the town’s ambiance and restaurants.”
The Friendliest Cities in the World
- Florianópolis, Brazil
- Hobart, Tasmania
- Thimpu, Bhutan
- Queenstown, New Zealand
- Charleston, South Carolina
- Paro, Bhutan | Margaret River, Australia > TIE
- Mandalay, Burma
- Kilkenny, Ireland > TIE
- Ubud, Bali, Indonesia > TIE
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Conde Nast Traveler wasn’t one-sided when it came to ‘rating’ cities. The travel magazine also came up with “The Unfriendliest Cities in the World.” Take a look.
- Newark, New Jersey
- Islamabad, Pakistan
- Oakland, California
- Luanda, Angola
- Kuwait City, Kuwait
- Lome, Togo
- New Haven, Connecticut
- Detroit, Michigan
- Atlantic City, New Jersey
- Tangier, Morocco
Oakland, California which ranks at number 3 is described by readers of the travel magazine as “unfriendly,” “another big, dirty city” and urge “don’t stay too long.”
Lomé, Togo which is located along the African shoreline is number 1 when it comes to inhospitable destinations. One reader explains why. “Great people watching on a day excursion. Don’t stay there or eat there.”
Meanwhile, the United Nations World Tourism Organization unveiled a new report which said France, who beat out the U-S, entertained more tourists than any other country last year.