Lonely Planet Names Australia’s Newcastle One of 2011’s Top 10 Cities

Lonely Planet has chosen Australia’s Newcastle as one of the world’s Top 10 Cities for next year in LONELY PLANET’S BEST IN TRAVEL 2011, published today.

BEST IN TRAVEL 2011 is Lonely Planet’s sixth eagerly-awaited annual collection of the best trends, destinations, journeys and experiences for the upcoming year.

Ranked ninth on the book’s list of Top 10 Cities 2011, Newcastle is “a unique blend of imagination, sophistication and laid-back surf culture,” Lonely Planet says.

Newcastle flies under the radar of Aussies and international travellers in part because it’s overshadowed by its bigger, bolder and better-known sibling, Sydney, 150km south, “ the book says. “But, at around one-tenth the size, Australia’s second-oldest city has Sydney-like assets: surf beaches, a sun-drenched subtropical climate, and diverse dining, nightlife and arts.”

Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities 2011 are:

  1. New York City, USA
  2. Tangier, Morocco
  3. Tel Aviv, Israel
  4. Wellington, New Zealand
  5. Valencia, Spain
  6. Iquitos, Peru
  7. Ghent, Belgium
  8. Delhi, India
  9. Newcastle, Australia
  10. Chiang Mai, Thailand

BEST IN TRAVEL’s recommendations are drawn from hundreds of ideas submitted by Lonely Planet’s staff, authors and community of travellers, bloggers and tweeters.  Their suggestions are then refined by a panel of in-house travel experts, based on scores for topicality, excitement, value for money and that special X-factor.

Other BEST IN TRAVEL 2011 highlights include:

✪ The Top 10 Countries to visit in 2011: Albania, Brazil, Cape Verde, Panama, Bulgaria, Vanuatu, Italy, Tanzania, Syria and Japan.

✪ The Top 10 Regions to visit in 2011: Sinai, Istria, Marquesas Islands, Cappadocia, Westfjords, Shetland Islands, Great Barrier Reef, West Coast USA, Chilean Patagonia and Gili Islands.

✪ The best travel experiences for the year ahead in the book’s 17 “Top Travel Lists”. These include the “Best-Value Destinations for 2011” (Bangladesh scores the top spot), and “The 10 Best Things to Do in 2011” (“Hug a tree in the Amazon” is the year’s number one recommendation).

✪ Over 35 events mapped out month-by-month in the 2011 travel planner, from Mardi Gras in Mindelo to New Year’s Eve on Rio’s Copacabana beach.

LONELY PLANET’S BEST IN TRAVEL 2011

·         208pp, full-colour, 180mm x 145mm, paperback

·         RRP: AUD$24.99

NOTE TO EDITORS

* Embargoed until 00:01 (AEDT), Monday 1 November 2010

* Lonely Planet’s Asia-Pacific Travel Editor Shawn Low is available for interview

* Free extracts & selected images available with permission

* Review copies available