NASHVILLE – Esteemed travel publication Condé Nast Traveler has designated Nashville as one of the 20 best places to go in the world in 2020, saying: “These are the destinations we’re most excited about in the new decade.” This is the eighth consecutive year that Nashville has been named a top destination by national and/or international publications.
“We are honored to represent this city,” said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. “The overall development across the city has been recognized globally for eight straight years. To be included on this list is a validation of our place among top destinations. Our food, creative culture and the National Museum of African American Music are truly world-class.”
Condé Nast Traveler spotlights Nashville’s vibrant dining scene and the city’s diversity of music genres, particularly noting the summer opening of the National Museum of African American Music located downtown in the Fifth + Broad development. It namechecks everyone from Bobby Jones to Alicia Keys and throws in Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, and Ella Fitzgerald as it describes the museum’s exhibits. The piece also spotlights East Nashville restaurants Folk and Lou and acclaimed chef Sean Brock’s soon-to-open Audrey and Red Bird.
Nashville’s hospitality industry continues to boom. In the past five years, the number of hotel rooms sold in Nashville has grown faster than any other top U.S. city. A record 15.8 million visitors came in FY 2019, and Nashville generated a record $7 billion in direct visitor spending in 2018, a third of the visitor spending generated in Tennessee. The industry employs 71,140 in Davidson County and generates $522 million in state and local taxes.
Other destinations included in the list were Armenia; Bahia, Brazil; Botswana’s Salt Pans; Canadian Arctic; Canary Islands, Spain; Copenhagen; Dominica; Dubai; El Chaltén, Argentina; Guyana; Metz, France; Mokpo, South Korea; Okinawa, Japan; Rwanda; Slovenia; Sri Lanka’s Southern Coast; Southeastern Australia; Southwest Michigan; and Tangier, Morocco.
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp
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