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'Gem' Cardiff in world's top 10 places to visit in 2011

'Gem' Cardiff in world's top 10 places to visit in 2011


Cardiff has been named by a magazine as one of the top 10 places to visit in the world this year.


The Welsh capital came sixth in the National Geographic Traveler list.  All 10 locations were deliberately chosen against the usual crop of places that are visited around the globe, with Cardiff described as a "gem".


Cardiff & Co, which promotes the city, called it "quite an accolade".


"We look a lot at the list of places one should go and they all seem like the usual suspects," Keith Bellows, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Traveler.


"We pride ourselves on sniffing out the places that are less likely. There's two reason for this. "One is the usual suspects are well travelled and so often over travelled, and the other is that these are great gems.


"Cardiff is a great gem. I have to admit my mum is Welsh but had no bearing on this choice. "We cast our net far and wide with correspondents all over the world. We asked them what were the places people were missing."

Cardiff has undergone major transformation over the past 15 years, which has shaped the city including the town centre and Cardiff Bay.

More than 18.3m people visited the city last year and the new £675m St David's shopping centre has helped it become the third most popular retail destination in the UK.


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