COVENTRY has been named as a global hotspot for culture in one of the World’s best-read travel magazines.
National Geographic Traveller (UK) put the city among the ‘Best of the World 2021’ list of 35 extraordinary places which will ‘define future itineraries for travellers’.
It comes as Coventry prepares to be UK City of Culture from May 2021.
Coventry is second in the ‘eight best trips for culture and history’.
The citation stated: “Being sent to Coventry used to be a punishment but how things have changed.”
Martin Sutherland, Chief Executive of the Coventry City of Culture Trust, welcomed the recognition and added: “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, the list provides an optimistic dose of escapism, as would-be travellers navigate pandemic precautions around the world.
Framed by five categories — Sustainability, Nature and Wildlife, Adventure, Culture and History and Family Travel — each inclusion honours a superlative destination with a relevant story to tell for the year ahead.
Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK), said: “Coronavirus may well have scuppered many of our travel plans in 2020, but it hasn’t quashed our desire to see the world.
“And while we dream of distant shores and warmer climes, this list recognises the extraordinary destinations we can look forward to visiting when the time comes. 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.”
Coun George Duggins, 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.”
National Geographic Traveller (UK)’s Best of the World 2021 list is an extended version of National Geographic’s list of the same name, and includes an additional 10 entries for a UK audience.
The list will be published in the January/February 2021 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK) which hits news stands on December 3.
The Best of the World 2021 list is available online now at nationalgeographic.co.uk/best-of-the-world