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Oct 11 - Savannah Ranked Among U.S. Best by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine

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SBJ Staff Report

Oct 11, 2011 – Visit Savannah reports today that the November 2011 issue of Condé Nast Traveler has announced their Readers’ Choice Awards and Savannah was ranked 7th among U.S. Cities, according to Erica Backus, Director of Public & Media Relations for the Savannah Chamber’s convention and visitor’s bureau division.

The poll results are derived from the largest independent poll of consumers' preferences, the Readers' Choice Survey, second in size only to the U.S. Census. The final winners were sifted from more than 8 million votes cast in Condé Nast Readers' Choice Awards survey, according to the magazine.

The awards reflect the combined opinions of 28,876 Condé Nast Traveler readers rating the cities, islands, and hotels they visited in the past year, and the airlines and cruise ships they traveled with.

Savannah was ranked 7th with 79.1 percent of the vote while Charleston, S.C. topped the list followed by San Francisco. Destinations were chosen based on superior ratings for ambience, friendliness, culture, historic sites, restaurants, lodging and shopping.

“The tremendous accolades for Savannah continue to build, and being recognized in this way by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler is a true testimony of our city’s ranking with the best-of-the-best in the U.S.,” said Joseph Marinelli, president of Visit Savannah. Savannah is experiencing an increasing number of international visitors each year in large part because of this type of positive publicity for our city. Condé Nast Traveler has been an important conduit to people around the world that can lead to potentially buying homes in our region and/or possibly expanding or relocating a business here. The affect of this type of news can impact our entire community.” The magazine’s report on the Top 10 most popular destinations were:

1) Charleston

2) San Francisco

3) Santa Fe, N.M.

4) Chicago

5) Honolulu

6) New York

7) Savannah

8) Carmel, Calif.

9) Seattle

10) Boston

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