Travel + Leisure Names Jerusalem One of the World's Top 10 Cities

Travel + Leisure Names Jerusalem One of the World's Top 10 Cities
Based on a survey completed by thousands of experienced travelers, the awards also include top hotels, islands, airlines and airports around the world.

"For globetrotting travelers, it's easy to recognize a spectacular city," says Travel + Leisure writer Melanie Liberman. "They are energetic, diverse destinations intent on preserving local heritage, revitalizing undervalued neighborhoods, and they possess distinct personalities that set them apart from other metropolises."

Travel + Leisure applauds Jerusalem for its distinct convergence of cultures and religions, and characterizes it as a destination that looks to the future: 'luxury apartment buildings now erupt like stalagmites from the Judean Desert, and high-end restaurants are bringing a new upmarket appeal to this arid oasis.'

"We are enormously gratified that Jerusalem has been named among the world's top cities by the readers of so prestigious a publication," says Uri Steinberg, the Israel Tourism Commissioner for North America. "Jerusalem is a city that is constantly changing, yet one that is deeply founded in faith and history, making it utterly unique."

Alongside Jerusalem, the publication names Bangkok, Barcelona, Cape Town, Charleston, Florence, Krakow, Kyoto, Rome and Siem Reap as the world's 9 other "Top Cities."

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