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Santa Barbara Recognized as a “Best Small City” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2015

Santa Barbara Recognized as a “Best Small City” in Condé Nast Traveler’s
Readers’ Choice Awards 2015
Six local hotels make the lists of top hotels and top resorts for Southern California

Santa Barbara, CA (November 9, 2015) — The votes are in, and Santa Barbara ranks as one of the best small cities in the U.S. according to Condé Nast Traveler’s 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards! Every year the magazine gives readers the chance to vote for their favorite travel experiences (i.e. best cities, airlines, cruise ships, hotels, and more) in an online survey. For the 28th annual survey, 128,000 travelers participated, up from 77,000 in 2014, according to www.cntraveler.com.

“We are honored that Santa Barbara has once again been recognized as a best small city by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler!,” said Kathy Janega-Dykes, president/CEO of Visit Santa Barbara, the region’s tourism marketing organization. “Santa Barbara’s idyllic setting on the Central Coast, stunning beauty, abundance of diverse activities, striking architecture and historic treasures, make it a place visitors want to travel to. Visit Santa Barbara is lucky to promote a destination that has so much to offer, including a fantastic wine and food scene. I am also thrilled that six local hotels made Condé Nast Traveler’s lists of best hotels and best resorts for Southern California.“

For the third year in a row, Santa Barbara made the list of Readers’ Choice Awards for “Best Small Cities in the U.S.” For 2015, Santa Barbara ranked No. 14 out of the top 15 cities with a population of under 150,000. The city was in good company, making the list along with three other California cities: Laguna Beach, Napa and Carmel-by-the-Sea. Santa Barbara moved up from its No. 15 spot in the 2014 rankings.

Six local hotels also made the Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2015 for “Top 10 Hotels in Southern California” and “Top 20 Resorts in Southern California.” Santa Barbara dominated the list of “Top 10 Hotels in Southern California” with four properties: San Ysidro Ranch, Spanish Garden Inn, Belmond El Encanto and the Canary Hotel. The list of “Top 20 Resorts in Southern California” included two Santa Barbara properties: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara and Bacara Resort & Spa.

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Visit Santa Barbara is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization jointly funded by the City of Santa Barbara, the County of Santa Barbara, the South Coast Tourism Business Improvement District and by a membership of hospitality-related busi­nesses. The primary mission of Visit Santa Barbara is to enhance the economies of the City of Santa Barbara, South Coast communities and Santa Barbara County areas through tourism marketing that increases business revenue, tax revenue and creates jobs.

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Jaime Shaw
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Visit Santa Barbara
500 E. Montecito Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
p.(805) 966-9222 x107
SantaBarbaraCA.com

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