Auckland named in ANOTHER top 10 cities global list.
Auckland has been rated one of the world's top 10 cities to visit by world wide travel organiser, Lonely Planet. New Zealand’s capital city has made the top ten list in the ninth annual ‘Best Travel Guide’ published this week. The book focuses on the top destinations, journeys and experiences for the upcoming year, it praised Auckland highly for its waterfront districts such as the Wynyard Quarter, and it’s many shopping and dining precincts such as Britomart and City Works Depot.
Rated highly in the guide was Aucklands black-sand beaches on the west coast, the new SkyWalk atop Auckland's Sky Tower and the fully refurbished Art Gallery. The books says of Auckland - ‘’This city attracts many migrants each year and on top of that up to 1.8 million tourists, travellers and holidaymakers, main attractions, the perfect scenery and landscapes aside, is the variety of award winning foods and wines, the arts and entertainment and the leisure activities in abundance are some of the many reasons to extend a holiday in New Zealand’s biggest and most cosmopolitan city’’
Auckland's many festivals and events, vibrant Maori and Pacific culture and impressive line-up of major sporting events also got a mention. Auckland marketing expert Graham McGregor said such an award from a brand such as Lonely Planet would do wonders for tourism. Whilst the Mayor of Auckland, Len Brown, said the accolade for the city was well deserved.
The book labels restaurants Ortolana, Cafe Hanoi and Mexico Food & Liquor as trend setters, while Al Brown's Depot Eatery & Oyster Bar is a "true Auckland experience".
Brett O'Riley, chief executive of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (Ateed), said the recognition added weight to the city's marketing efforts to attract domestic and international visitors.
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