Honouring Vancouver

City RepTrak (September 2012) 

Vancouver is the world’s most reputable city, according to the Reputation Institute’s annual poll. The Copenhagen-based organization surveyed more than 18,700 people worldwide on the reputations of 100 major cities, and Vancouver beat out world centres like Vienna and Sydney to earn top spot.

World Travel Awards (September 2012)
Vancouver received the World Travel Award for North America’s Leading Sports Tourism Destination. Voted on by travel agents worldwide, The World Travel Awards acknowledges and celebrates excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.

Travel + Leisure Magazine (2012)
In Travel + Leisure’s annual “World’s Best” awards, Vancouver achieved top ranking as the best city in Canada

Outside Magazine (2012)
In its annual Travel Awards, Outside magazine named Vancouver the world’s Best Weekend Escape. The awards honour the best destinations and experiences across all seven continents, as determined by the publication’s global network of correspondents.

Meetings + Incentive Travel (2012)
In its annual Market Report study, Meetings + Incentive Travel named Tourism Vancouver one of Canada’s top three Convention and Visitor Bureaus.

Condé Nast Traveler (2011)
Condé Nast readers voted Vancouver one of Canada’s top cities in the magazine’s Readers Choice Awards. In the same survey, 13 Vancouver hotels were voted the best in Canada.

Travel Weekly magazine (December 2011)
For the ninth year in a row, Vancouver was named Canada’s best destination in Travel Weekly‘s Readers’ Choice Awards, which are voted on by the publication’s core readership of accredited U.S. travel agents. Vancouver has won the “Best in Destination: Canada” award for all nine years the awards have been held.

The World Airport Awards™ (2011)
For the second year in a row, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) was named the best airport in North America. The Skytrax World Airport Service Quality Survey is the most respected Customer Survey of Airport product and service quality, with over 500 airports covered.

Mercer Human Resource Consulting (November 2011)
In its annual Quality of Living survey, Mercer ranked Vancouver as the world’s fifth-best city and the best place to live in North America. The 2011 edition of Mercer’s annual assessment rated 221 cities on 39 dimensions, including culture, crime, education and public services.

Economist Intelligence Unit (2011)
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has named Vancouver the third most liveable city in the world, based on the organization’s Global Liveability Rankings survey. Over 30 indicators, grouped into five categories (stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure) are reviewed across 140 cities worldwide, and Vancouver impressively met 97.3 per cent of the criteria set. Vancouver has achieved first-place ranking on this esteemed list multiple times since 2005.

Travel Weekly Magazine (December 2010)
Travel Weekly magazine acknowledged Vancouver as the top Canadian destination for 2010 in their eighth annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Vancouver has won all eight times.

Condé Nast Traveler (October 2010)
Readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine voted Vancouver the “Best City in the Americas” at their annual Readers’ Choice Awards in New York. Vancouver won the top spot over Quebec City, Buenos Aires and Victoria. Cities are scored on ambience, friendliness, culture and sites, restaurants, lodging, and shopping, to give a final ranking. Vancouver was previously named “Best City in the Americas” by Condé Nast Traveler readers in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2009.

Up! magazine (2010)
Up! magazine has ranked Vancouver as Canada’s “Most Walkable City” for the second year in a row. Vancouver topped the list based on judging criteria that assessed the experience each city provides to pedestrians – ranging from width of sidewalks to parkland paths. The ranking is part of Up! magazine’s annual walking index in an effort to recognize, celebrate and critique how Canadian cities facilitate the most basic travel of all: the one that starts with our own two feet.

Mercer Human Resource Consulting (May 2010)
In its annual Quality of Living survey, Mercer again ranked Vancouver as the top city in the Americas. The survey compares 39 factors in ten categories, covering 320 cities worldwide, and Vancouver tied in 4th place with Auckland, New Zealand.

SportBusiness Group (April 2010)
Vancouver has once again been named in the “top 10 of the world’s ultimate sports cities”. The city finished sixth overall behind Sydney,Berlin, London, Singapore and overall winner Melbourne. However, Vancouver finished first in the medium sized city category, as well as for Quality of Life, one of the criteria in the assessment.

The International Congress & Convention Association (2010)
In a worldwide ranking of the number of international meetings held per city, Vancouver placed 33rd on the list, which makes it the #1 convention city in North America.

The Economist Intelligence Unit (June 2009)
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has once again named Vancouver as the world’s most liveable city based on the organization’s Global Liveability Rankings survey. Over 30 indicators, grouped into five categories (stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure) were reviewed across 140 cities around the world, and Vancouver impressively met 98 per cent of the criteria set.

The Economist Intelligence Unit (December 2008)
Not only is Vancouver the world’s most liveable city, but the EIU also ranked Vancouver as the top city for business travel for the third year in a row. The Business Travel index assessed and compared 140 cities as potential venues for business trips, conferences and training locations, taking into consideration the cost-related and environmental factors of each city.

Community Marketing Inc. (November 2008)
For the third year in a row, Vancouver was recognized as the number one gay leisure travel destination in Canada during an international survey conducted by Community Marketing Inc. (CMI). The annual survey, with over 4,000 gay and lesbian participants, is the largest of its kind and placed Vancouver at the top spot within Canada above both Montreal and Toronto. Vancouver also ranked as the second most-visited international destination.

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