The New York Times has singled out Manchester as the only UK entry in its highly-esteemed annual list of Places to Go 2015.
The city ranks number 26 out of 52 destinations that the paper considers to be most worthy of travel to 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, most notably Hotel Football.
Commenting on the announcement Nick Brook-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 exception year for cultural tourism in the city. Marketing Manchester has been courting the US market through promotional activities and campaigns for many years so this is a real coup and we that it hope will inspire a new wave of travellers to discover the city.
“In addition to the culturally significant moments described in the listing Manchester will also enjoy landmark events in 2015 including the fifth Manchester International Festival, Manchester Pride’s 25th anniversary and a leg of the Rugby World Cup. It’s also the 25th anniversary of the Phones 4u Arena which Billboard magazine recently recognised as the third busiest music venue in the world.”
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 three-weekly service between the two cities 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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