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Folkestone included in Lonely Planet's World’s Best Regions to Visit in 2022

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Today, we are proud to announce that Folkestone has been included in Lonely Planet's list of the World's Best Regions to Visit in 2022. As part of Kent's Heritage Coast, we have been placed fourth, alongside other regions, including Puerto Rico, the Atacama Desert and Iceland's Westfjords.

Kent’s Heritage Coast was selected for its commitment to sustainable tourism and ambitions for the future whilst celebrating the past. The regeneration of the historic town of Dover and the work of Creative Folkestone have been highlighted as primary reasons to visit the area.

The region has also been honoured for its plans to establish a Biosphere Reserve and secure the Strait of Dover as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The unique combination of stunning landscape, historic architecture and creative energy has made our region stand out.

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2022 - Destination Top 10’s

Top 10 Countries

  1.  Cook Islands
  2. Norway
  3. Mauritius
  4. Belize
  5. Slovenia
  6. Anguilla
  7. Oman
  8. Nepal
  9. Malawi
  10. Egypt

Top 10 Regions

  1. Westfjords, Iceland
  2. West Virginia, USA
  3. Xishuangbanna, China
  4. Kent’s Heritage Coast, UK
  5. Puerto Rico
  6. Shikoku, Japan
  7. Atacama Desert, Chile
  8. The Scenic Rim, Australia
  9. Vancouver Island, Canada
  10. Burgundy, France

Top 10 Cities

  1. Auckland, New Zealand
  2. Taipei, Taiwan
  3. Freiburg, Germany
  4. Atlanta, USA
  5. Lagos, Nigeria
  6. Nicosia / Lefkosia, Cyprus
  7. Dublin, Ireland
  8. Merida, Mexico
  9. Florence, Italy
  10. Gyeongju, South Korea

Best in Travel 2022 is Lonely Planet’s 17th annual collection of the world’s hottest destinations and the must-have travel experiences for the year ahead. Nominations are received from Lonely Planet’s vast community of staff, writers, and publishing partners, before being whittled down by a panel of travel experts. Each destination is chosen for its topicality, unique experiences, ‘wow’ factor, and ongoing commitment to sustainable tourism practices.

Visit Kent, the county’s official destination management organisation, will shortly be launching a partnership with AccessAble to continue to improve accessibility across the county. This, along with plans to launch a sustainability pledge encouraging consumers to make small changes whilst visiting the destination, is two examples of the ongoing commitment from Kent’s tourism and hospitality industry to ensure that visitors receive a welcoming, inclusive, and enjoyable experience, whilst ensuring that travellers have a positive impact for the future.

For more information visit Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2022 - Lonely Planet UK

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