Last year, Utrecht got a mention in a Lonely Planet article about 10 hidden gems of cities. This year, tourism is up, although there’s no specific information as to whether the article influenced anyone or not. Who knows, maybe my own blog is the cause of the rise in numbers. 😉
Now, CNN has posted an article about the new cities in Europe that everyone should be visiting. Rather than hit the usual spots, visitors should look into other equally appealing cities. For example, one close to my heart is the suggestion that instead of visiting Rome, people should check out the beautiful city of Bologna. And of course, instead of Amsterdam, come to Utrecht!
My role as unofficial ambassador for Utrecht has been noticed, as well. A new article on the Utrecht tourism website takes a look at some of the websites and the people behind them who are singing the praises of Utrecht. I’m thrilled to be included in such a great group, since they’re all websites that I already follow and find useful. Even if you can’t read the article, click on the links. Most of the sites have content in English.
It’s always great to see the city get some recognition. If you’re coming to the Netherlands, do give us — and lots of other cities — a visit. But do please behave yourselves! Stay out of the bike paths, don’t litter, drink responsibly, and just be nice. For that matter, behave that way at home, too!