Calgary Ranked as a Travel Hotspot in 2014

Calgary Ranked as a Travel Hotspot in 2014

Calgary and Alberta have recently been recognized as one of the best places in the world to visit in 2014 by The New York Times, the United Kingdom’s The Guardian and Vacay.ca, one of Canada’s leading online travel resources.

The city, often referred to as the "heart of the new West" is traditionally recognized for the Calgary Stampede and its proximity to the Rocky Mountains. Now, this vibrant city is gaining recognition as a cultural, cosmopolitan and culinary destination. 

A Cultural Hub

Calgary ranked #17 on the The New York Times 52 Places to Go in 2014 list. Calgary, the only Canadian destination on the list, was described as a "ho-hum city on the prairie morphed into a cultural hub." The article recognized the city's architecture, cultural institutions and its public art, highlighting Jaume Plensa's 39-foot-tall piece titled Wonderland.

Wonderland - Calgary ranked as a travel hotspot in 2014Pictured above: Wonderland by Jaume Plensa

Cosmopolitan Cool

Alberta was ranked #9 on The Guardian's Holiday hotspots: where to go in 2014 list. The Guardian, one of the U.K.'s leading newspapers, mentioned Calgary as having "gone from cowboy town to cosmopolitan cool."

Stephen Ave - Calgary ranked as a travel hotspot in 2014Pictured above: Stephen Avenue, situated in the heart of Downtown Calgary

Culinary Scene

Vacay.ca ranked Calgary as #11 on its 20 Best Places to Travel in Canada: 2014 list. The article recognized the city's culinary scene as "one of the best in the country."

Culinary - Calgary ranked as travel hotspot in 2014Pictured above: City Palate's Really, Really Long Table Dinner 

Also mentioned was Kensington Riverside Inn, a boutique hotel that has recently earned Relais & Châteaux property status, along with one of Calgary's newest festivals, Beakerhead. Beakerhead, a celebration of innovation through engineering and science, is one of many unique festivals that can be experienced in Calgary.

Beakerhead - Calgary ranked as a travel hotspot in 2014Pictured above: the Raygun Gothic Rocketship, a Beakerhead favourite

Calgary Shortlisted for the SportBusiness Ultimate Sports City Awards for the First Time

Calgary has been added to the 2014 Ultimate Sports City shortlist. The Ultimate Sports Cities awards are the de facto benchmark of sports cities around the world with acknowledgement on the list influencing decisions taken by sports federations, tour organizers and multi-sport event rights holders. Calgary joins Vancouver as the only two Canadian cities recognized on the 2014 shortlist.

“We are honoured and proud to have received this level of distinction from SportBusiness International,” said Marco De Iaco, Vice President Sport and Major Events. “Being recognized as an Ultimate Sports City validates Calgary’s position as one of Canada’s top sport destinations and one of the top winter sport cities in the world.” 

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