This year has got off to a great start with the news that Lyon made it into the New York Times’ prestigious annual selection of 52 places to visit in 2019. Ranked 36th out of 52, Lyon is the top-ranking French city this year, finishing above cities such as Los Angeles, Perth and Hong Kong.
The New York Times’ selection of destinations is made during editorial meetings. “We discuss the advantages and drawbacks of each destination suggested during a marathon meeting (or two) before drawing up a shortlist. Our main aim is to have a variety of regions and interests, as well as a few surprises. We also try to have a representative mixture, including cities, regions and even entire countries,” says the New York Times.
Of course, this selection, which has helped raise Lyon’s profile on the international stage, is the result of tireless work by all those who have contributed to the city’s development and reputation over the past fifteen years or so. In recent decades, Lyon has already firmly established itself on the European stage, in particular with the award of the title ‘Europe’s Leading City Break Destination 2016’.
2019 is looking very promising indeed as, in addition to the New York Times selection, 2019 is looking very promising indeed as, in addition to the New York Times selection, and was also chosen as one of ten destinations to visit by British newspaper The Independent.