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Birmingham named among Top 10 cities in the world

2014-12-16 13:22:59

A view of Birmingham from the Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower

Birmingham has been named among the top 10 cities in the world.

Travel information publisher Rough Guides has put Birmingham in ninth place in its global countdown.

Rough Guides said: "Midway between two of England’s big cultural powerhouses – London and Liverpool – Birmingham has often missed out on its share of the limelight.

"Creative hotspots are beginning to emerge in the urban sprawl, however, like the old industrial district of Digbeth, where vintage shops and street food stalls have begun to appear in and around the old Victorian buildings.

"Head to the old Bird’s Custard Factory for vintage kilo sales and live music performances.

"Plus with Birmingham New Street station reopening in 2015 after a much-needed renovation, this year is the ideal time to make a trip."

Johannesburg tops the worldwide ranking, Malaga comes second and New Orleans third. For the other entries on the list, see Rough

It's the latest evidence of booming Brum. Although the Kerslake Review found there's clearly room for improvement in the way the city is run, Birmingham's tourism economy has grown by 11 per cent in six years, resulting in a record number of visitors and spending, with 33.8 million people contributing £5.1 billion to its local economy, supporting more than 61,000 jobs.

Birmingham was named the world's fastest growing Christmas and New Year destination by travel website Expedia, following a 118 per cent increase in festive bookings to the city. 

The city's Christmas market - the biggest outside Germany and Austria - is a major contributor to Brum's festive appeal as a visitor destination.

In addition, Birmingham beat off competition from London, Liverpool and York when readers of Group Leisure magazine named it Best UK City to visit.

The New York Times mentioned the city as one of the top 20 international destinations to visit, while New York Magazine encouraged Americans to choose Birmingham over London for their vacations.

A view of Birmingham from the press box at Warwickshire County Cricket Club.

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