European Best Destinations
Wednesday 27, March 2013
Istanbul has been voted European Best Destination 2013 in the first European e-tourism event which enables European citizens to choose the city which will win the title of Best European Destination.
"European Best Destinations", an event developed and supported by the non-profit making organisation "European Consumers Choice", has again this year, proved to be the largest competition of E-tourism in Europe, bringing together thousands of European citizens, public institutions and stakeholders from the private tourism sector.
In addition to their own dedicated website www.europeanbestdestinations.org these splendid European destinations were also introduced on Youtube, Pinterest and Flickr to share the information and facilitate the discovery of their exceptional qualities.
As well as our strong presence on Facebook with over 11.000 followers, seasoned travellers and professionals, our organisation is also on Twitter along with representatives of the various tourism sectors (airlines, tourist offices, hotels, restaurants, museums...).
With 12,4% of votes and the largest number of votes, the European destination which the European citizens have chosen to win the 2013 edition of this great competition is a city which can now carry the prestigious title of "European Best Destination" with pride -and let the world know it in all its communications, advertising, brochures, maps, airports, travel stands, promotional films etc; it is a fantastic destination, listed for the first time in our competition, a great winner, a great city.
Istanbul entered the competition for the first time this year and subsequently has become the first city to win the accolade upon its first year entering the competition.
The only city in the world to straddle two continents, Turkey's fabled city of Istanbul at the historic crossroads between East and West is the perfect choice for a refreshing, exciting and cultural city break with a difference. Istanbul took 1st place in European Best Destinations 2013, followed by Lisbon in 2nd place and Vienna in 3rd. Now in its fourth year, European Best Destination is an initiative of non-profit making European Consumers Choice which aims to promote culture and tourism in Europe.
With 12,2% of the votes, for achieving to be listed three years running in the European citizens’ top ten preferred destinations, Lisbon, is the runner up (with only 439 votes behind the winner).
With 9,5% of the votes, Vienna is elected as one of the 3 European best destinations.
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