American all-news TV station CNN has included Košice – this year's European Capital of Culture – in its list of Top Travel Destinations 2013, Slovak Tourist Agency's manager for communication and PR activities Zuzana Nemcová told the TASR newswire on Thursday, January 3.
"CNN took a number of factors into account when making the list, such as important events, new services, innovative marketing, the economic situation, history as well as the pop culture influence," Nemcová said. Among the others on this year's list are such destinations as Scotland, Amsterdam, and Sub-Saharan Africa. "Thanks in part to its medieval old town and vibrant mix of Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture, the compact yet captivating eastern-Slovakian city of Košice has been chosen 2013's European Capital of Culture (ECOC)," reads the CNN's internet website.
The text invites readers to ECOC opening ceremony, set to take place on January 19-20, as well as other 300 cultural events in 2013. According to the author, Lara Brunt, visitors can look forward to exploring the city's Slovak and Hungarian heritage, and attending music festivals, theatre, art exhibits and street performances. "Just as enjoyable is 'people watching' along a pedestrian-only main drag while taking in the Gothic St. Elisabeth's cathedral and sipping a Košice Gold – the city's official cocktail (with a super-secret recipe)," she adds.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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4. Jan 2013 at 12:00