Charleston continues to receive top reviews from Conde Nast’s Traveler magazine and was ranked number one by its readers for the sixth year in a row. Conde Nast Traveler announced the results recently of its annual Reader’s Choice Awards. The lengthy survey was completed by a record 300,000 readers, who rated each city they visited during the last year for its culture, friendliness, atmosphere, restaurants, lodging and shopping. Readers could enter more than once for a chance to win prizes. The median household income of Conde Nast Traveler readers is $108,000, according to the magazine.
The chair of the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Linn Lesesne, responded enthusiastically to this recent news, and said “the readers of Conde Nast Traveler are lauded as some of the world’s most discerning, and the hospitality scene in Charleston continues to charm.” She added in a statement, “We are thrilled to be recognized once again for our friendly people, historic ambiance and culture, award-winning restaurants, one-of-a-kind shopping and renowned accommodations.”
Charleston continues to receive top awards from numerous travel magazine surveys conducted during the last few years. This summer Conde Nast picked Charleston as the world’s “friendliest city” in another Readers’ Choice Awards survey. The survey asked questions such as where their readers felt most welcome, how helpful the locals were in answering questions and guiding them, and how easy was it to navigate around the city. Readers of Travel & Leisure magazine also voted Charleston number one city in the world this summer in the tourism magazine’s “Worlds’ Best City” ranking. This is the first time Charleston was named in the magazine’s “top of the world” rankings, and the first time a destination in the United States made the list.
All this positive publicity has led to an increasing number of visitors to the Holy City. There has been a 22 percent increase since 2010, from 4.22 million visitors to 5.15 million in 2015, according to the College of Charleston Office of Tourism Analysis. The city should continue to see a positive economic impact in tourism as a result of the top travel award from Conde Nast Traveler readers.
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