Posted on 14 February 2011
Istanbul picked as one of top 3 European cities.
Istanbul has been selected as Europe’s third-best city, outranking traditional favourites such as Paris, Barcelona and Vienna, in a survey conducted by a US travel magazine.
Travel and Leisure magazine performed the survey among its readership to compile its 2008 World’s Best Awards, identifying the best cities, hotels, islands, airlines and cruises in the world for this year. The survey also determined the best according to regions. Istanbul, which ranked eighth on the 2007 list for best city in the world, placed ninth this year, earning 84.61 points out of 100.
Istanbul took the third spot on the list of Europe’s best cities after Florence and Rome. It outranked cities including Paris, Prague, Venice, Barcelona and Vienna, maintaining its position from last year. Bangkok was chosen as the world’s best city, followed by Buenos Aires. Cape Town ranked third on the list, followed by Sydney, Florence, Peru, Rome, New York, Istanbul and San Francisco.
Chosen as last year’s best hotel in Europe, the Istanbul Four Seasons Hotel dropped to seventh on this year’s list. The Çiragan Palace Kempinski in Istanbul, which was not among the top 50 hotels of Europe in 2007, ranked 14th this year. The hotel had placed 67th on the list for best hotel in the world in 2007. Swissôtel The Bosphorus was selected Europe’s 26th best hotel.
16 July 2008, TODAY’S ZAMAN ANKARA (Abridged)