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Calgary ranking high globally as a place to visit in 2014

The New York Times, The Guardian and have recognized Calgary as one of the best places to visit in the world and Canada for 2014. 


Long known as a great place to do business and live, Calgary and Alberta have recently been recognized as one of the best places in the world to visit in 2014 by The New York Times, the United Kingdom’s The Guardian and, one of Canada’s leading online travel resources.


Traditionally recognized for the Calgary Stampede and proximity to the Rocky Mountains, Calgary is gaining recognition as a culinary, cultural and cosmopolitan destination.


“These lists serve as reminders and ringing endorsements from prestigious international publications that Calgary is a world-class vacation destination,” said Tourism Calgary CEO, Cindy Ady.  


The New York Times, January 10 (online) and January 12, 2014 (print): 52 Places to Go in 2014 & How We Chose Our List of Places to Go in 2014. The travel feature appeared in The New York Times Sunday edition, which has a circulation of more than 2.3 million. At #17 Calgary is the only Canadian destination on the 2014 list and was described as an “Oil boom town gets its cultural legs” with reference to the city’s public art, architecture and highlighting One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre as a “beloved cultural institution”. 


The Guardian, January 3, 2014: Holiday hotspots: where to go in 2014. One of the U.K.’s leading newspapers, The Guardian, listed Alberta at #9 on their list and mentioned Calgary as the anchor city for a trip to the province, “For city life try Calgary, which has gone from cowboy town to cosmopolitan cool.”, January 1, 2014: 20 Best Places to Travel in Canada: 2014. Beakerhead joins the Calgary Stampede to boost Calgary to #11 on this list showing our diversity of unique festivals. The article also noted Calgary’s first Relais & Chateaux property, Kensington Riverside Inn, and that “the city’s culinary scene is one of the best in the country”.  


Calgary’s unique cosmopolitan mixture of western heritage, edgy culinary scene, vibrant nightlife and wide variety of experiences have also garnered exposure in a variety of major online and print publications recently including The Chicago Tribune and National Geographic.


Growth in the city’s tourism products and experiences are matched with a strong partnership between Travel Alberta and Tourism Calgary.


“Travel Alberta has done a tremendous job encouraging writers from these publications and many others to include Calgary in their Alberta adventures,” said Jeff Hessel, Tourism Calgary Vice President of Marketing. “It’s then our job to showcase the incredible local restaurants, festivals, attractions and unique experiences that combine to tell our story and broaden perceptions of Calgary as a compelling cosmopolitan destination.”

Tourism Calgary