Santa Fe Ranked Top N. American Travel Destination for 2009

For the eighth year in a row, Santa Fe has made Travel + Leisure (T+L) magazine’s “World’s Best Awards” list of top 10 favorite Continental United States and Canadian travel destinations. For 2009 Santa Fe is ranked as the fifth most popular travel city in North America by the magazine’s travel-savvy readers. In 2008 Santa Fe was also in the poll’s fifth spot while in 2007 Santa Fe ranked fourth. Clearly, Santa Fe remains an enduring favorite with the publication’s large group of sophisticated and passionate travelers.

“For Santa Fe to be consistently rated as a travel destination on a par with cities like New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Quebec City is a tribute to Santa Fe’s enduring appeal and customer satisfaction,” said Keith Toler, Executive Director of the Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Visitors are seeking something genuine and original in their travels and Santa Fe’s history, culture, people, and attractions deliver that authenticity,” he said.

Of Santa Fe, T+L reported: “The heady aroma of burning piƱon logs permeates the air every night in Santa Fe, where the altitude-nearly 7,000 feet-ensures that even summer evenings are crisp enough for locals to light up their kiva fireplaces. The scent is a constant presence in this ever-changing city, where thick-walled adobe buildings nearly 400 years old stand cheek-by-jowl with avant-garde art galleries and edgy modern restaurants. It’s a reminder that, despite its vibrant population of skiers and hikers, painters and photographers, alternative healers, hippies, and gays, this city is strongly connected to its Spanish-Native American heritage-and to the pristine landscape that surrounds it.”

Nancy Novogrod, editor-in-chief of Travel + Leisure, said: “This year’s results reflect our readers’ travel interests in this challenging economic reality–value, intimacy, service, and discovery are top priorities.

T+L subscribers were provided questionnaires both online, in the February and March, 2009 issues, and by email. The responses were tabulated to reach the final results in this, the magazine’s fourteenth annual poll. Cities were rated on 6 criteria: sights, culture/arts, restaurants/food, people, shopping, and value. Scores were compiled using a 1 to 5 rating of each category. A minimum number of responses was required for a candidate to be eligible for inclusion in the awards listings. Results were announced today online and appear in the magazine’s August, 2009 issue.

For 2009 the top 10 U.S. and Canadian cities, in Travel & Leisure magazine’s World’s Best Awards are:

1. New York (1); 2. San Francisco (2); 3. Quebec City (6); 4. Charleston, SC (4); 5. SANTA FE (5); 6 Chicago (3); 7. Savannah (9); 8.Victoria, British Colombia (-); 9. Montreal (7); 10. Seattle (-).
(last year’s poll ranking) the – indicates the city was not ranked last year.

New York was given an overall score of 84.65. Santa Fe received an overall score of 82.53.

Complete results and methodology can be found online at:

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