In case you didn’t hear, earlier this month we received the news that Providence was named America’s Favorite City by Travel + Leisure Magazine. As many of you may know, this is just one of many honors and recognitions that the city has received over the past several years and comes on the heels of Architectural Digest naming Providence America’s Best Small City this past June.
It really is a great honor for those who live, work and study in our city to be recognized by publications such as these and is a testament to all that we do right, every single day. Our quality of life, our world-class institutions, our quirkiness and independent nature, our fine cuisine, architecture and art, and so much more make us a very special place – a place we should all be proud to call home.
Travel & Leisure received more than 50,000 votes and narrowed their rankings to 38 cities nationwide from more than 1200. Providence was rated first overall by their readers followed by: (2) Houston, (3) Kansas City, (4) Minneapolis/St. Paul and (5) Los Angeles. And, we ranked in the top five in categories ranging from theatre, culture and restaurants to intelligence, attractiveness and geekiness.
Whenever we can reach a larger audience with positive news about Providence and why it is such a great place to visit, live, study or start a business, it is good for our city. We know this is more than 'feel-good' rhetoric: the impact these awards make is clear and measurable. It leads to more visitors, attracts new business and jobs and grows our economy. And if it improves the way Rhode Islanders view their state, then it is a benefit to all.
The November issue of Travel + Leisure hit newsstands this week. For more on America’s Favorite Cities and to see how Providence ranked in 67 categories, visit Travel + Leisure.
(Photo: Martha Sheridan, President and CEO of the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau; Mayor Taveras; Lynn McCormack, Director of Providence Arts, Culture & Tourism; James Bennett, Executive Director of the Providence Office of Economic Development)