Bristol in top 10 cities of the world
Bristol has been named one of the top 10 cities in the world to visit in 2009 in a new travel guide.
The city rubs shoulders with Buenos Aires, Cape Town and Washington DC in the latest release from best-selling guidebook publisher, DK Eyewitness Travel.
It recommends a short break in Bristol, the only UK city in the top 10, for its shopping facilities, 'green' appeal, and charming neighbourhoods.
DK spokeswoman Anna Paynton said: "Bristol is often overlooked in favour of its more picturesque neighbour Bath, which tends to get a lot more attention.
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"If you haven't been to Bristol though you really should, the different pockets of the city have their individual charms and that's why we included it in DK's 2009 list.
"It's a great city, and one which has undergone quite a few changes over the last few years."
The guidebook says: "Dita Von Teese recently opened a new Harvey Nichols store alongside a Cinema de Lux and a wealth of luxury apartments at Cabot Circus - a long awaited boost to the Broadmead shopping district.
"Not long after, Bristol's robust eco-appeal got stronger as it was named the 'most sustainable city in Britain'.
"Luxury consumerism and environmental sustainability look set to coexist in 2009."
Other Bristol highlights mentioned in the book are Georgian architecture and historical attractions - including Brunel's Suspension Bridge and the SS Great Britain, the Arnolfini arts gallery and Watershed media centre in Harbourside.
Destination Bristol, which is responsible for promoting tourism in the city, described Bristol's mention in the guidebook as an 'impressive accolade'.
The top 10 in full is Bristol, Vilnius, in Lithuania, Buenos Aires, in Argentina, Seattle and Washington DC, both in the USA, Fes, in Morocco, Copenhagen, in Denmark, Gdansk, in Poland, Vienna, in Austria, and Cape Town, in South Africa.
In November, Bristol was crowned European City of the Year by the Academy of Urbanism.
The academy, whose 100 members include architects, planners, engineers, developers and designers, singled out Bristol for its strong city-region economy, dynamic business sector, distinctive sense of place and history, superb quality of life and vibrant culture.
The city's green open spaces and environmental organisations also helped win the award.
Cabot Circus beat international competition to win three top industry awards earlier this year.
The development won Best Shopping Centre of the Year 2008 award at the MAPIC retail event in France, the Supreme Gold prize in the British Council of Shopping Centre Awards, and a European Standard Award for its car parking.