ALEXANDRIA, VA — Alexandria is no stranger to travel destination rankings, as it has again made the list of Condé Nast Traveler’s Best Small Cities. Now the city is nominated for Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Cities category.
Visit Alexandria leverages national rankings to promote the city as a destination amid COVID-19 pandemic recovery. The pandemic particularly hit Alexandria’s hotel, retail and restaurant sectors hard, and revenues haven’t fully recovered. While sales revenue has increased in fiscal years 2020 and 2021, restaurant tax receipts in 2021 didn’t quite recover to the 2019 level, and lodging tax receipts fell in 2020 and 2021.
Travel + Leisure’s 2022 World’s Best Awards asks readers to rate their favorite travel experiences. In the cities category, readers can vote for Alexandria by rating it as “excellent” across nine categories. Other nominations in Alexandria include Alexandrian, Hyatt Centric Old Town and Morrison House in the hotels category. Alexandria was ranked 11th on Travel + Leisure’s America’s Most Attractive Cities in 2017.
The deadline for voting is midnight on Feb. 28. Each person is limited to one entry per email. Each entry is entered into a giveaway for a dream trip worth $15,000. There will be additional prizes of $5,000 for two people and $1,000 for three people.