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Published on : Thursday, October 31, 2013
Yorkshire recognized as one of the top places in the world to visit in 2014, in a new travel booklet. The destinations featured in the book were selected after they all met certain criteria. The 13th Century York Minster cathedral, makes Yorkshire into the guide’s top 10 global “sights to make you feel small.”
The guide also refers to the success of Yorkshire athletes – including heptathlete Jessica Ennis, cyclist Ed Clancy and boxer Nicola Adams – in the 2012 Olympics, which resulted in winning seven gold medals. It said the medals had added to the Yorkshire population’s belief “their county is better than – and really the best of – all the English counties”.
“Endorsements rarely come much better than this from a guide that has a worldwide reputation. This is massive for Yorkshire and our thousands of amazing tourism businesses, destinations and events,” said Gary Verity, chief executive of tourism body Welcome to Yorkshire.
Yorkshire has also previously beaten Berlin, London, and Madrid to win the title of Europe’s foremost Destination at the World Travel Awards. Yorkshire Day celebrated, every year on 1 August.
Lonely Planet put the area third in the top 10 world regions, behind destinations in India and Australia. A Lonely Planet representative said: “It could be that there is something special going on that year, that there’s been recent development and a lot of buzz about the place, or that we think it’s up-and-coming and suggest travellers visit before the crowds do.”