Oakland emerges as a Top Travel Destination for Domestic and International Visitors

Oakland, CA (December 29, 2014) Oakland has emerged as a trending destination among travelers as we head into the new year. The city continues to grow and gain positive attention, topping the country as the Most Diverse City (Priceonomics) and Top 5 Fittest City (Runners World). Most notably, Oakland was recently named #8 on Lonely Planets Best in the US, a list of top ten destinations to visit in 2015, paving the way for more interest in Oakland in the upcoming year. This has been an outstanding year for Oakland. The number of accolades weve received about our great chefs, artists, businesses, and community leaders who call Oakland home is shaping a very positive Oakland story, remarked Alison Best, President & CEO of Visit Oakland. The people who make up our great city are creating a welcome arena for development, visitation, and growth. Oakland continues to garner positive press amongst top publications. In December, National Geographic Traveler and Conde Naste Traveler both covered Oakland as an emerging destination. International interest is at an all-time high, with Oakland making headlines in Swedens RES, the UKs The Guardian, and Mexicos Bleu & Blanc, the countrys premier luxury magazine. Visit Oakland recently hosted a Sunday Times UK reporter which resulted in a positive article about Oakland being a trendsetting, cultural hotspot in food, art, and shopping, titled, Take Me to Hellafunky Town. Oakland also continues to receive accolades across the country for its diversity, quality of life and as an incubator of innovation. Below represents some additional accolades received in 2014: On the digital front, the newly created Visit Oakland website, visitoakland.org, received the coveted 2014 Silver Magellan Award presented by Travel Weekly. Additionally, Visit Oaklands Adopt-a-Spot Cleanup Initiative secured the 2014 Poppy Award in the Committed to Tourism category presented by Visit California. The award highlighted Visit Oaklands efforts to promote tourism through investment in local infrastructure. For up-to-date press and accolades, check out visitoakland.org/recent-press.

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ABOUT VISIT OAKLAND: Visit Oakland is a non-profit organization marketing Oakland, California as a travel destination. Visit Oakland offers a wide variety of complimentary services and materials for travelers interested in visiting Oakland. For more information, see our website at www.visitoakland.org. Want to share the Oakland love with the world? Join the 17,000 people who #OaklandLoveIt on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. CONTACT:
Kim Bardakian Director of PR & Community Relations (510) 839-0529 | kim@visitoakland.org Frances Wong PR & Community Relations Manager (510) 208-0561 | frances@visitoakland.org