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October 12, 2017 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Online weekend getaway portal and app, weekenGO have released a study revealing the top 100 best cities to spend the weekend, with London, UK taking the top spot.http://www.granmonte.com/ The results give an overall score for each city, but also indicate which destinations are best for three different types of travellers; millennials, families and baby boomers. As a company who lives and breathes weekend travel breaks, weekenGO undertook the study to define what exactly makes a city great for a short visit, and to help travellers of different age groups and dynamics to choose a destination which best caters to their interests.

To determine the categories for the study, weekenGO first considered what factors affect a weekend trip. Several criteria are important to travellers no matter their age or affluence, for example how easy a city is to navigate, the ease of finding accommodation and the number of green spaces. To highlight which cities are best for millennials, families and baby boomers, the number of social locations such as restaurants, bars and clubs were included, as well as cultural activities such as museums, art galleries and theatres. In addition, safety and tolerance were factored into the research, looking specifically at data on women’s rights and safety, LGBT friendliness and the perception of security. The study began with the top 1,000 cities determined by the number of visitors based on the UN-WTO. The researchers then analysed all of these factors to create a ranking of the top 100 best cities to visit for the weekend.

To create the individual scores for millennials, families and baby boomers, weekenGO looked at traveller’s interests on a macro level to determine the best overall representative score. Each category is scored, with a high score indicating high desirability for this factor and a low score indicating a low level of attractiveness for tourists.

“Given the fact that we looked at over 1,000 cities worldwide, every destination that made it to this top 100 ranking ought to be on your weekend getaway bucket list.” commented Tobias Boese, co-founder and managing director of weekenGO. “Cities at the top of the ranking such as London, Paris and New York are iconic for a reason, but those cities at the bottom of the ranking such as Casablanca and Belgrade still have a great deal to offer for an unforgettable weekend trip.”

The table below shows a breakdown of the results for Sydney, Australia. Rankings for each category are out of 100, with 1 being the best possible rank. Scores are out of 100, and the higher the score, the better:

Sydney, Australia ranks 18

City Factors

Mobility (Ranking/Score)

Walkability

Green Spaces

Accommodation

9

90.59

97

73.71

12

97.50

44

86.13

Social

Dining

Bars

Clubs

Music Venues

7

98.18

26

92.42

12

96.67

25

92.58

Activities

Concerts

Cultural Events

Museums and Galleries

Theatre

and Cinemas

24

93.03

30

90.91

52

84.24

33

90.30

Safety and Tolerance

Women’s Rights

and Safety

LGBT-Friendly Score

Security

56

83.82

30

91.21

67

80.00

Best For…

Millennials Score

Families Score

Baby Boomers Score

Total Score

20

89.45

22

88.23

26

88.15

89.42

N.B.The full results and methodology can be found here: https://www.weekengo.com/en-EN/study/100-top-destinations-to-spend-a-weekend.html

The table below shows the top 10 best cities to spend the weekend, with a sample of the criteria used to determine the total score. For the methodology, please see the bottom of this press release or the full results page:

 

#

City

Country

Walkability

Dining

Museums and Galleries

LGBT-Friendly Score

Total Score

1

London

United Kingdom

88.30

98.49

99.70

98.49

94.15

2

Berlin

Germany

91.09

89.39

99.09

99.40

93.98

3

Vienna

Austria

87.08

91.52

98.18

95.76

93.15

4

Hamburg

Germany

93.39

90.91

90.30

86.97

92.68

5

Paris

France

88.22

99.09

97.58

96.97

92.66

6

Amsterdam

Netherlands

90.40

79.70

95.76

99.70

92.61

7

New York City

USA

85.35

99.39

97.88

97.58

92.08

8

Munich

Germany

90.13

89.09

90.30

93.64

92.07

9

Barcelona

Spain

91.00

93.70

95.50

99.09

92.07

10

Madrid

Spain

86.78

93.40

93.33

100.00

91.60

The table below shows the top 10 cities for millennials, including a sample of the criteria included to determine the final ranking for this age group:

 

#

City

Country

Bars

Clubs

Concerts

Women’s Rights and Safety

LGBT-Friendly Score

Millennials Total Score

1

Berlin

Germany

96.97

97.88

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