Łódź as the only place from Poland awarded on the National Geographic’s “Best Of The World 2022” list
Łódź was included in the worldwide plebiscite "Best of the World 2022" announced by the prestigious international magazine National Geographic Traveler as the only place from Poland. “The city of textile workers” was awarded in the category “Sustainability”.
- The presence of Łódź on the “Best of the World 2022” list is a great distinction and a great promotion for this one of the most interesting Polish cities. I am impressed by how it has recently changed, how it takes care of its post-industrial identity, revitalizes former factories turning them into centers of life and meetings of residents, and at the same time becomes a leader in sustainable development. Once the most industrialized of our cities, today it has the ambition to become the greenest. Come to Łódź, you will not be disappointed!– said Agnieszka Franus, National Geographic Poland’s & National Geographic Traveler’s Editor in Chief.
Every year, local National Geographic Traveller boards from all over the world submit places and attractions – candidates for the worldwide plebiscite. The central board in the USA chose 25 must-visit destinations in the upcoming year. The awarded tourist destinations are selected in five categories - Adventure, Culture, Nature, Family and Sustainability .Łódź was submitted to the plebiscite by the Polish editors of the magazine after the visit of the Deputy Chief Editor Michał Cessanins – which was summarized by the article „Fabryka zmian” in 10/2020 edition.
- We are extremely pleased to cooperate with the editors of National Geographic Traveler and Michał Cessanis, who, not hiding his passion for our city, has become its ambassador. This is a great distinction for us also in the context of tourism, which is still recovering from the pandemic. The inclusion of Łódź by this prestigious magazine emphasizes how unique our city is and how much it has to offer to tourists. Being on the Best Of The World 2022 list confirms the fact that Łódź is a unique place on a global scale and we are extremely proud that it has been noticed and appreciated - said Tomasz Koralewski, Lodz Tourist Organization’s CEO.
- Over 30% of Łódź's area is green, including the Łagiewnicki Forest, which is one of the largest urban forest complexes in Europe. Particular attention should also be paid to the role of revitalization, which transforms old factory complexes into post-industrial parks, cultural centers, or vibrant artistic and gastronomic districts. – added Martyna Szczepanik of National Geographic Traveler Poland.
- We are very pleased that Łódź has been chosen as one of few places in the world in the National Geographic Traveler’s ranking. We are glad that the efforts put into revitalization, greening of urban space have been noticed and appreciated. We are making a lot of efforts to make Łódź an increasingly sustainable place, friendly to residents, tourists and the natural environment. I am convinced that placing us in the prestigious Best Of The World 2022 ranking is a great opportunity for Łódź to promote it widely and to appear on the international arena as an unique and sustainable place. – said Hanna Zdanowska, President of Łódź.
Other places awarded by National Geographic Traveller in the "Sustainability" category:
- Łódź, Poland
- Ruhr Valley, Germany
- Parque Nacional Yasuni, Ecuador
- National Columbia Gorge Scenic Area, Oregon/Washington, United States
- Chimanimani National Park, Mozambique