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Glasgow named in National Geographic Traveler's top 20 list for 2016

Scotland on list with likes of Brazil, Botswana, Greenland and Japan as must-visit places next year.

SSE Hydro: Praised with helping Glasgow achieve recognition.
SSE Hydro: Praised with helping Glasgow achieve recognition.

Glasgow has been named among one of the top 20 destinations in the world for 2016 by renowned global travel magazine National Geographic Traveler.

The Scottish city sits among places like Brazil, Botswana, Greenland and Japan as must-visit places next year thanks to its vibrant art and music scene. 

Last year Glasgow hosted the Commonwealth Games and the MTV Europe Music Awards which helped raised the profile of the city worldwide.

Amy Alipio, features editor of National Geographic Traveler, also pinned the success on the Turner Prize coming to Scotland, with the exhibit coming to Glasgow early next year.

She added: "Glasgow landed on our list for 2016 because it's one of the most exciting cities in the world right now. 

"Its art scene is just too hot to ignore. Case in point: the Turner Prize is in Scotland for the first time, and the exhibit culminates at Glasgow's Tramway gallery in January. 

"But fans the world over know that it's the city's unrivalled music scene that really embodies Glasgow's energy and swagger."

It is the fifth list collated by the magazine which has a reach of more than 8.5 million.

The SSE Hydro, which opened in 2013, has also helped raise the profile of Glasgow by welcoming world renowned artists such as Beyonce and One Direction. 

City council leader Frank McAveety said: "Glasgow's emergence as a global arts and music city is thanks to our world-class cultural assets,enviable major events programme and multi-million pound investment in new infrastructure. We're a hot ticket right now.

"We’re home to the best civic arts collection in Europe and our outstanding museums and galleries, which are free, are attracting cutting-edge exhibitions, as demonstrated by our hosting of the Turner Prize at Tramway. 

"At the same time, Glasgow has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the world’s great music cities. Our venues go the extra mile for bands and fans alike, which regularly sees us crowned the top place for concerts in the UK alongside London.

"Our SSE Hydro, for example, has become the second busiest arena in the world ranking ahead of the likes of Madison Square Gardens in New York, the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the All phones Arena in Sydney and O2 World in Berlin, which is a strong reflection of how Scottish fans and music tourists have really taken the venue to heart.

"With those credentials, it’s no surprise that Glasgow is a UNESCO City of Music – one of just nine in the world and the only one in the UK. 

"Glasgow is hugely proud of its arts and musical pedigree and our capacity, capability and credibility in these areas has never been greater.

"We know that people make Glasgow, having recently been named the world’s friendliest city, and as Scotland’s fastest growing tourism destination I'm delighted that we have been recognised by National Geographic Traveller as one of the world’s 20 best destinations for 2016."

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