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Leeds garners Top Five ranking in Lonely Planet Europe hotspots 2017

Leeds Corn ExchangeThe city of Leeds has snapped up a Top Five ranking in Lonely Planet’s recommended European hotspots for 2017. The northern UK city took the number five spot and was lauded for its varied cultural options, range of dining venues and scintillating nightlife.

The global travel guide publisher said Leeds had even garnered a reputation as a prime location at which to sample gourmet craft beers. The award also noted that Leeds had successfully transformed its image and attractions from an industrial heritage and past to a cosmopolitan metropolis for 21st century travellers.

Commenting on the inclusion of Leeds in the Lonely Planet Top 10 destinations, regional editor James Smart said the city had shaken off its image as a hub for manufacturing and industrial plants. He explained that other reasons Leeds was the place to visit in 2017 were celebrations to mark Leeds Carnival’s 50th birthday and the October relaunch of the iconic Leeds Art Gallery.

Leeds Council leader Judith Blake said everybody in the city was proud of the award and that it was an honour to be named among the cream of the tourism destinations in Europe. She added that culture, nightlife and plentiful leisure choices were sure to spur even more tourists into selecting Leeds for a holiday.

Leeds has joined illustrious company with its new-found status. The Croatian capital city of Zagreb took the number one spot and was followed by Gotland in Sweden in second place. Galicia in Spain and Northern Montenegro were third and fourth respectively.

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