Travel + Leisure readers name Charleston No. 1 U.S. city for 7th year in a row

Charleston is a No. 1 U.S. city for a seventh year in a row, according to a Travel + Leisure magazine’s “World’s Best” awards

Charleston also ranked twelfth on a magazine’s list of a 15 best cities in a world, creation it one of usually dual U.S. cities to make a cut. Charleston came in during No. 10 on a universe rankings final year and took a tip mark in 2016. 

The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Jacqui Gifford, announced a formula of a annual reader consult Wednesday morning on NBC’s “The Today Show.”

“It’s been sparkling to watch a expansion of this singly American city, dear by a readers for a welcoming spirit, nourishing, resourceful food and world-class informative events,” Gifford pronounced of Charleston’s 2019 showing.  

On a list, that was published online Wednesday and will seem in a Aug imitation book of Travel + Leisure, a repository remarkable a integrate of respondents’ comments, including one that described Charleston as “Southern attract during a best,” and another that called Rainbow Row “an comprehensive Instagram dream.” 

“Its magic, perhaps, lies in an alchemy of aged and new, stately and unpretentious, city glorious and inlet during your fingertips,” a repository remarkable in a list. 

Southeast cities took 5 of a other spots: New Orleans (No. 3), Savannah (No. 4), Nashville (No. 7), Asheville (No. 8) and Williamsburg, Va. (No. 13).

The rankings were collected from a reader consult that was accessible online from early Nov by March. Each city was reserved a measure formed on those responses.

This year, Charleston warranted a measure of 87.04, reduction than one indicate above No. 2-ranked Santa Fe and about 7 points above No. 15, Washington, D.C. 

The Holy City has also warranted a place in a magazine’s “WBA Hall of Fame,” that means a end has been voted onto a list of best cities in a U.S. for during slightest a final decade.

This year’s No. 2 and No. 3 cities, Santa Fe and New Orleans, respectively, are “Hall of Fame” honorees, too, as good as New York City and Chicago, that warranted a fifth and sixth spots on this year’s list. 

The Spectator Hotel in downtown Charleston also ranked fifth on a magazine’s ranking of a best hotels in a continental U.S., tied with The Lowell Hotel in New York City. The lodgings also share a 98th mark on a list of a 100 best hotels in a world

Hilton Head Island and Kiawah Island were bookends on this year’s ranking of a tip 10 islands in a continental U.S., with Hilton Head in a tip mark and Kiawah during No. 10. 

Though Charleston has warranted this sold fame for 7 years and counting, Explore Charleston house chair and Charlestowne Hotels boss Michael Tall pronounced that a city hasn’t mislaid steer of a value. 

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“The foe grows any year for these reputable accolades and a compared downstream advantages they generate,” Tall said. “We do not take for postulated that many cities in a nation would adore to be in a position.”

Though there is a honour that comes with earning tip outlines in reader surveys, a rankings also interpret to marketing, pronounced Winslow Hastie, a boss of Historic Charleston Foundation.

More marketing, Hastie said, should be offset by tourism government efforts that find to safety peculiarity of life for locals. 

“A lot of residents seem to have tired over being in a tip mark each year,” Hastie said. 

Charleston has also ranked No. 1 in Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards for eight uninterrupted years and was named as a No. 1 collect in Southern Living Magazine’s “South’s Best Cities” for 2019. In December, a readers of Afar repository named Charleston as their tip collect among U.S. cities to transport to in 2019. 

Tourism is one of a Charleston’s region’s primary mercantile drivers, carrying brought in a record $8.13 billion in impact final year, according to a College of Charleston’s Office of Tourism Analysis. 

Visitor numbers also continued to grow, rising about 6 percent from a year before to scarcely 7.3 million in 2018. 

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