Scottish cities top global travel lists – again

It’s been a successful week for Scotland on the global PR stage as two giants of the American press listed two Scottish cities as among the best in the world to visit in 2018.

In its annual list of the best 52 destinations to visit in 2018 – “a starter kit for escaping into the world” –  The New York Times named Glasgow the 10th best place to visit in the new year. NYT writers were impressed by the scale of investment in and redevelopment of Scotland’s largest city, noting that over 250 different architectural projects will be completed by 2025.

The New York Times also drew attention to the Clydeside Distillery, a $12.3 million (£9 million) project which will see the construction of the city’s first large-scale whisky distillery in 100 years.

Indeed, food and drink has featured heavily in discussions concerning the expansion of Scotland’s tourist industry in recent years, and the strides Glasgow has made on this front are apparent. The article praised the originality of “Glasgow’s exciting, wallet-friendly restaurants” and the diversity of the city’s “international flavours”, while gastronomical tour operator Glasgow Food Company was also given an honourable mention.

Elsewhere, American broadcaster CNN listed Dundee as one of 7 global cities to watch in 2018 alongside others such as Toronto, Tokyo, and Paris. The news comes only three months after another publication based in the U.S., The Wall Street Journal, included Dundee in its list of the top-10 ‘must see’ destinations in 2018.

Dundee – or ‘the cultural comeback kid’, as CNN affectionately names it – has equally been undergoing significant redevelopment, with the construction of the V&A Museum of Design leading the way.

CNN pays tribute to the “ambitious” city-wide regeneration project which also includes the Dundee Waterfront Scheme and the European Capital of Culture Bid, which was only recently blocked as a result of the U.K.’s impending exit from the EU.

But, naturally, the focus is on the V&A. The opening of the museum – the construction of which has cost somewhere in the region of £80 million – will, according to CNN, place Dundee “firmly on the international art map”.