You may not have realised it – but as well as yesterday being Halloween it was also designated World Cities Day. To mark the occasion travel specialists Travel Bird released a study showcasing the most welcoming cities.
To create the study they looked at a variety of factors such as – how welcome visitors feel in the city, welcoming port of entry, citizens happiness, safety and openness to host tourists. On top of this they also talked to travel journalists on their personal experiences in different cities.
One of our very own cities did rather well, Auckland came in at number 23 and was especially praised for the ports of entry (airport) and overall happiness. Here’s the other cities that you should think about checking out as a tourist.
The top 10 most welcoming cities:
1. Singapore, South East Asia
Singapore came in at number one, making it the most welcoming city. It scored a prefect 10 out of 10 in regards to its port of entry as well as scoring highly for safety.
2. Stockholm, Sweden
In this yellow house, the beloved Swedish poet, songwriter, composer, and performer Carl Mikael Bellman lived through the years 1770 to 1774. It was during his time here that he wrote his most accomplished songs Fredmans Epistlar, about Stockholm's nightlife at the time. If you're interested in exploring an 18th century home and learning more about the poet, the next guided tour (in Swedish) starts at 1 pm by this house at Urvädersgränd 3 in Södermalm on Sunday, November 5th! #visitstockholm
Stockholm came in at number two scoring 9’s for its port of entry, overall happiness and in the expert opinion category.
3. Helsinki, Finland
Third is Helsinki which scored very highly for overall happiness with a 9.48.
4. San Francisco, USA
In the shadow of the TransAmerica Pyramid stands the Columbus Tower, also known as the Sentinel Building, which marked the beginning of San Francisco's rebirth after the 1906 earthquake. Completed in 1907, the Sentinel Building was the original home of the hungry i, a famous club in the stand-up world. Now it's home to Francis Ford Coppola's studio. Times change, but it's still stunning to this day. #AlwaysSF Photo by @andrewoptics, an amazing photographer. Check out his feed and tag your photos with #AlwaysSF for a chance to be featured on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Fourth was San Francisco who scored highly for tourism carrying capacity as well as scoring well for overall happiness.
5. Rotterdam, Netherlands
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Rotterdam in the Netherlands scored 9’s for their port of entry and for the overall happiness.
6. Lisbon, Portugal
The hilly capital of Portugal scored very highly with experts scoring a 9.20 as well as scoring highly for safety.
7. Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo scored highly for its port of entry and its safety, scoring a 9 for both.
8. Oslo, Norway
Oslo was another city that scored a perfect 10 – this time for overall happiness! Experts also gave it a 9.10.
9. Zurich, Switzerland
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The largest city in Switzerland scored 9’s for happiness, safety and the port of entry.
10. Orlando, USA
Since this city is home to the “happiest place on Earth”, Disney World, it’s no wonder it scored an 8 for overall happiness and as well for expert opinion.