Hotel website ranks Derry among top five cities to visit

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Derry has bagged yet another 2013 must go recommendation from one of the travel world’s most read websites.

The city - already recently tipped by travel guide Lonely Planet and British Airways as one of the places to go this year - has been named one of the world’s top five cities to visit by - a hotel booking website that can boast more than a quarter of a million visitors a day

“From cultural exhibitions to contemporary music concerts (check out Other Voices) to hosting the Turner Prize, Derry will be buzzing all year round,” writes the site’s travel blogger Martin Solly.

He says the city’s culture capital status, and its hosting of the All Ireland Fleadh puts it among the places to visit this year - alongside Marseille, Christchurch, Amsterdam and Seoul.

“The world’s biggest Irish festival is always guaranteed to be one helluva (sic) party, and Derry is where it’s taking place,” the blogger continues.

“The Northern Ireland city is the UK’s City of Culture for 2013, and the 10-day All Ireland Fleadh is just one of hundreds of events happening inside the walls of this historic city.

“A short break here in 2013 is sure to be Legenderry.”

The latest accolade for Derry comes after the globetrotter’s bible Lonely Planet rated the city as the fourth best in the world to visit this year.

And in December airline giant British Airways ranked Derry at number 7 - sandwiched between the Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana and Las Vegas - on the airline’s top 13 destinations to visit in 2013.

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