Bangkok was chosen as the best city in the world for 2011, followed by Florence, Rome, New York and Istanbul. Jerusalem ranked 11th in the global ranking, immediately after Paris, and Tel Aviv came in 29th.
The magazine has been conducting its annual reader survey for the past 16 years, ranking cities, hotels, airlines, spa resorts, islands, etc.
The city category is divided into six regions, and readers are required to rank the cities according to different categories, including sites, culture and arts, food and restaurants, shopping and travel expenses.
The New York-based magazine, distributed in one million copies across the world, is considered very popular among tourists.
Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov says his ministry has reinforced its marketing activities across the world in the past two years, positioning Israel as the Holy Land and focusing on Jerusalem, while promoting the cities of Tel Aviv and Eilat as well.
According to Tourism Ministry figures, some 76% of the tourists who arrived in Israel in the first half of 2010 visited Jerusalem and the capital's sites – led by the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Via Dolorosa, Yad Vashem and the Mount of Olives.
Tel Aviv attracts some 54% of tourists arriving in Israel every year and visiting the White City, which was recognized as an official UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003.
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