Coventry has been named as a global hotspot for culture by one of the world’s most-read travel magazines.
The city tops the list of destinations in the Culture and History category of the Best of the World 2021 list published in the British edition of National Geographic Traveller magazine.
The list features 35 extraordinary places around the world within five categories that will “define future itineraries for travellers”.
Martin Sutherland, who leads the team of organisers behind UK City of Culture 2021, said that “it is great for the city’s culture and history to be recognised by a world-leading authority on travel.”
He continued: “Being featured in the Best of the World 2021 list helps to put Coventry firmly on to the global map and into the diaries of visitors for next year.”
Profiling inspiring places, communities and innovations, Nat Geo’s list provides an optimistic dose of escapism, as would-be travellers navigate pandemic precautions around the world.
Pat Riddell, the editor of the British edition of National Geographic Traveller, said: “Coronavirus may well have scuppered many of our travel plans in 2020, but it hasn’t quashed our desire to see the world. Ahead of a new year — with the hope of a return to travel — we’re excited to share these 35 places, which will feature prominently on our future itineraries.”
Councillor George Duggins, the leader of Coventry City Council said, “It’s great to see Coventry feature in this very exclusive list. Of course, we know just how amazing our city is – but to see that recognized by National Geographic Traveller is a real boost.
“Lots of hard work is going in to make sure we have the best year we can and we are also working hard to ensure there is a great legacy for local people for years to come.”
The list was compiled in collaboration with the magazine’s 16 local-language editions, which combined serve millions of readers across their magazines and websites around the world.
The list will be published in the Jan/Feb 2021 issue of National Geographic Traveller, on newsstands from 3 December.