Can there anywhere be a more beautiful and beguiling city..." Sir John Betjeman

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City Awards and Accolades

A selection of Edinburgh’s Awards & Accolades

Edinburgh Airport voted  ‘Best in Europe: 5m-10m passengers' at 9th Annual ACI EUROPE Best Airport Awards 2013

International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) world ranking 33rd for international association meetings in 2012

Most popular UK city after London for hosting international association meetings

Edinburgh has won Best UK City at the Telegraph Travel Awards 2012

Edinburgh named "Europe's Leading Destination" at the prestigious World Travel Awards 2012

‘Favourite UK City’ for the 13th consecutive year in annual Guardian/Observer Readers' Travellers Awards (2012)

Edinburgh has been ranked as the best large European City for foreign direct investment according to fDi's European Cities and Regions of the Future 2012/13 awards

'Top for culture' by Condé Nast Readers Traveller Awards 2011 

‘World's Top Literary City' in National Geographic Magazine September 2011

Edinburgh named a 'Top Global City' in the inaugural IFEA World Festival & Event City Awards presented during the 55th Annual IFEA Convention & Expo in St Louis, Missouri

Edinburgh voted favourite UK city by Conde Nast Readers Travel Awards 2010

Top 25 Destination in the World by TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice 2010

Edinburgh residents are 'happiest' of any major UK city in Aviva Survey 2010

First in a ‘value for money’ survey of ten world class conference destinations commissioned by VisitBritain 2009

Voted 'UK's most desirable City' by YouGov poll 2009

Top 'Must See UK City' by Travelodge 2009

UK's best place to live by Location Location Location, Channel 4, 2007

First ever UNESCO City of Literature, in 2004


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