Alexandria Nominated For Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Cities

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

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The World’s Most Expensive Cocktail Costs $22,600

If you’re in the mood for a pricey cocktail, you probably don’t need to look much further than your local bar or lounge. But if you’re looking for something truly exorbitant, you might need to head to Japan. According to Travel + Leisure, that’s where patrons can find the world’s most expensive cocktail, and it’s no cosmopolitan: It’s a $22,600 mix that comes with a diamond.

The drink can be found at The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo, which serves up the aptly named Diamonds Are Forever. Imbibers can expect Grey Goose vodka, lime, and, for added prestige, a $16,000 diamond.

The one-karat diamond is placed at the bottom of the patron’s glass, so they should probably take care not to drink too quickly and risk downing the jewel.

The drink, which is found at The Bar inside of the Ritz-Carlton, is made tableside and—at least pre-pandemic—was also accompanied by

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Travel + Leisure reveals World’s Best Awards, and the top-ranked U.S. city is…

An old favorite is once again the top travel destination among U.S. cities.

With travel increasing as more Americans get vaccinated against Covid-19, Travel + Leisure released its 26th annual World’s Best Awards readers’ survey on Wednesday, highlighting the top destinations, hotels, cruise lines, airlines and more.

This year’s survey also includes the top national parks, as Americans have flocked to the outdoors and places closer to home as a respite during the pandemic.

A southern city that has earned Travel + Leisure Hall of Fame status once again leads the way as the favorite U.S. city to visit for the magazine’s readers.

Best U.S. Cities

1. Charleston, South Carolina

Downtown Charleston South Carolina Skyline Aerial (Kruck20 / Getty Images)

Downtown Charleston South Carolina Skyline Aerial (Kruck20 / Getty Images)

A regular at No. 1, the coastal city continues to be a magnet for travelers with its waterfront restaurants, historic downtown and scenic beaches. Travel + Leisure has designated it

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What it’s like flying 2 of the world’s best airlines during the pandemic

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A flight to Thailand is a long journey in economy. I’ve done it before — twice actually— but on my most recent trip, I was curious to experience life at the front of the plane.

I recently visited the Southeast Asia country through the nation’s “Phuket Sandbox” initiative, which allows vaccinated international travelers to visit without quarantine. Booking a hotel was fairly straightforward, but my flight reservations required a bit more research to comply with Thailand’s testing and entry requirements.

There’s been much said during the pandemic about whether flying business class is still worth it right now. Airlines, struggling to balance the budget, cut amenities travelers had grown to love and scaled back service. While I’ve

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