Chch among top cities to visit in 2013
Mon, 22 Oct 2012 5:25a.m.
Christchurch's determination to rise from the rubble has been richly rewarded with a spot in Lonely Planet's top 10 cities worldwide to visit in 2013.
It's expected that a nod from one of the world's most popular travel guides, which placed Christchurch sixth, will be a boost for the city's tourism industry which was brought to its knees after the February 2011 earthquake.
Much of the city's infrastructure was ruined in the quake and 185 people were killed.
Christchurch was singled out by Lonely Planet for the way it was "bouncing back with a new energy and inventiveness".
"New Zealand's second largest city is rising from the rubble ... with a breathtaking mix of spirit, determination and flair."
It's the only New Zealand city to make the 2013 list.
Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism chief executive Tim Hunter said the accolade was a tribute to the city's "let's get going" attitude and creative approach.
He says some visitors to the region came because they were interested in the impact of the earthquake, but most visited because it remains the main gateway to the South Island and is still a "beautiful garden city".
"This will certainly help the tourism industry... it's a priceless recognition of all the hard work that has gone on. We've been very wounded, international visitor nights in accommodation are down 50 percent from before the earthquake.
"It's Christchurch's `let's get going' energy that visitors like. It's not the old Christchurch that they're coming to see - like the historical buildings - it's a city with a bit of energy."
Mr Hunter says projects like Gap Filler in which dull public spaces, such as spots where buildings had been torn down and removed, display art or offer entertainment, had been popular.
Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker is thrilled Lonely Planet has picked up on all the exciting new aspects of the city.
"It's a real coup to get Christchurch included in the list of top 10 cities for 2013. As a regular user of Lonely Planet when I am travelling myself I fully understand the significant value of this recommendation."
Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce chief executive Peter Townsend says this shows the world how far the city has progressed since the quake.
"Hopefully we're going to see a lot more visitors heading our way as a result of this endorsement," he said.
Lonely Planet's Asia Pacific Sales and Marketing Director Christ Zeiher says 2013 will be a great year to visit Christchurch and "experience the amazing energy of the city in its rebuilding phase".
Tim Dearsley, general manager of Christchurch's IBIS Hotel which closed after the earthquake hit but reopened last month, says the Lonely Planet listing will bring the city's recovery forward by a year.
Christchurch's Double-decker bus tour company Hassle-free Tours is mentioned in the 2013 Lonely Planet guide as one of the best ways to explore the city.
Co-owner Mark Gilbert, who last month won the Pacific Asia Travel Association Young Tourism Entrepreneur Award, says being mentioned in the "travellers' bible" is a fantastic achievement.
Lonely Planet's Top 10 Cities 2013:
1. San Francisco
9. Addis Ababa
10. Puerto Iguazu.
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6/11/2012 2:02:22 p.m.
It's very nice to see that other people in the world appreciate the effort we all are doing to keep our beautiful city alive...!! The most amazing thing about Chch is that even with a partially open CBD, there's still lots of amazing places to visit, coffee shops and restaurants to enjoy and lots of fun to have around...!! So, you can just imagine how it's going to be once we are completely reconstructed...We will jump up to the first place in the list...!!! ;-) Kia kaha Christchurch...!!! :-)
6/11/2012 12:03:34 p.m.
I absolutely love the city of Christchurch! Although admittedly I can't wait for the roads to get back to normal (the endless amount of potholes and cracks in the road are driving me crazy!) and for the CBD to become re-established with cafes, nightclubs and shopping etc, but the amazing innovations, constructions and new areas that is starting up and already apparent when driving around the city is incredible! It's been hard for us residents to adjust and rethink, but rewarding to see now begin to see the progress and commitment from the business community.
24/10/2012 6:34:05 a.m.
free eskinder nega wrote:
I think u people r moking. Addis abeba is the worthest city 2 live in. There is high infelation, low infrastractur, n specialy no freedom at all. Pls tell me ur crateria 2 call a city like addis most visted.
23/10/2012 2:01:43 a.m.
mike ross wrote:
Excuse me "RUZ" but where do you live? Chch is still an amazing city without the cbd! Lived there all my life and still think its an awesome place! So next time in ur cantab country make sure u have a look around!
22/10/2012 7:56:45 p.m.
This does seem a bit fake. While Christchurch needs to get as many tourists as possible, I find it hard to believe that a city with a CBD full of demolshed buildings and its main tourist attractions lost can be considered a top tourist destination. It's just not credible.
22/10/2012 10:53:41 a.m.
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