Glasgow has been named top city in the UK by the readers of prestigious leading lifestyle magazine Condé Nast Traveller at the publication’s ninth annual Readers’ Travel Awards.At a ceremony at Claridge’s on September 4, Condé Nast Traveller readers voted Glasgow as the winner in the Favourite UK City category, moving it from runner-up position in 2005 and eighth place in 2004.
Accepting the award, Councillor Alex Mosson, Chairman - Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said:
“Winning an award of this calibre is testament to the incredible progress made in changing visitor perceptions of the city since the launch of the Glasgow: Scotland with style campaign in March 2004.”
“To have gone from eighth place in 2004 and second in 2005 to being this year’s Favourite UK City according to the readers of Condé Nast Traveller demonstrates a real vote of confidence in Glasgow as a vibrant, cosmopolitan and stylish destination.”
Sarah Miller, Editor of Conde Nast Traveller, said: “Glasgow is the most fantastic world-class city. It has so much energy and style and its people are some of the friendliest you’ll find anywhere. Glasgow deserves this accolade because it’s worked really hard at transforming what people might once have perceived as a dour place into one of the most vibrant cultural scenes anywhere in Europe.”
Scott Taylor, Chief Executive of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau added:
“The competition that Glasgow faces against cities challenging to be the best place to visit has never been fiercer. In response, Glasgow has been at the forefront in city brand marketing, to ensure Glasgow’s values are consistently communicated to our target audience. Glasgow works as a strong team, and the brand provides a powerful focus for all partners to get behind - the results are there for all to see.”
For the Favourite UK City category readers were asked to score on value-for-money, food, nightlife and entertainment, best range of accommodation, finest culture, safety, user-friendliness, cleanest streets, people and hospitality.
Condé Nast Traveller is seen as the essential guide to inspirational travel and the publication’s ‘truth in travel’ stance has been acclaimed by the industry, the media and its readers.