The New York Times newspaper has singled out Manchester as the only UK entry in its annual list of Places to Go 2015.
The city ranks number 26 out of 52 destinations that the publication considers to be most worthy of travel from the United States.
The list is an eclectic combination of lesser-known places as well as those that offer a new reason to visit in 2015.
Citing ‘a flurry of cultural openings’ including the Whitworth, HOME and Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, the city’s listing suggests that 2015 will be the year that Manchester ‘shows off its sophisticated side’. It also acknowledges the significant number of unique hotels getting ready to open, including Hotel Football.
Commenting on the announcement Nick Brooks-Sykes, director of tourism at Marketing Manchester, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to see Manchester being recognised in this way, in what is set to be an exceptional year for cultural tourism. Marketing Manchester has been courting the US market through promotional activities and campaigns for many years so this is a real coup and we hope that it will inspire a new wave of travellers to discover the city.”
Manchester will this year welcome landmark events including the fifth Manchester International Festival, Manchester Pride’s 25th anniversary and a leg of the Rugby World Cup. It’s also the 20th anniversary of the Manchester Arena which Billboard magazine recently recognised as the third busiest music venue in the world.
James Berresford, VisitEngland’s Chief Executive, said: “This is a fantastic accolade for Manchester. The combination of sporting, cultural and historical highlights taking place this year ensures that 2015 is set to be exceptional for this northern city.” Visitor figures from the national tourism board show Manchester is the UK’s third most visited city for international visitors (after London and Edinburgh), receiving almost a million visitors (988,000) in 2013.”
In September 2014 it was announced that Delta Air Lines will start a new daily service between Manchester and New York JFK from summer 2015. There will also be a new service between the two cities three times a week with Thomas Cook who will also fly direct to Miami from May 2015.
In total Manchester is directly connected to nine US cities including New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Orlando, Washington DC, Charlotte and Miami.
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