Naples Named Among Top U.S. Cities for Foodies by Condé Nast Traveler

Florida’sParadise Coast continues to accumulate national accolades in 2014

Naples, Fla. (April 30, 2014) – Naples, part of Southwest Florida’s Paradise Coast, has been named one of America’s top food cities as part of Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers Choice Awards. Naples landed at number 17 on the list, alongside other cities renowned for their culinary offerings including New York, San Francisco, Charleston and Napa.

The publication cites the incredible seafood selection found at nearly every restaurant as one of the culinary highlights of Naples. However, it also references the “vast number of impressive international eats” as another reason for Naples’ inclusion on the list, singling out dining establishments that serve everything from French Provencal and Spanish tapas to authentic Peruvian food. You can see the full list of winners at http://www.cntraveler.com/daily-traveler/2014/04/best-food-cities_slideshow_17--Naples--FL_4.

Nominees and winners for the list were selected as part of the publication’s 2013 Reader’s Choice Survey. The 2013 survey had 79,268 readers cast nearly 1.3 million votes, a record since Condé Nast Traveler first introduced it in 1988. As part of the questionnaire, Condé Nast Traveler asks readers to rate the U.S. cities that have the best restaurants. Candidates are judged on a set of criteria relevant to their category, based on a standard five-point scale: excellent, very good, good, fair, and poor. The percentage of excellent and very good ratings determines the final score published by the magazine. The Reader’s Choice Rating for Naples was an impressive 80.5.

'The readers of Condé Nast Traveler are among the most discerning travelers in the world, and we are honored to be recognized by them for the array of diverse culinary experiences that are offered in Naples and throughout the Paradise Coast,” said Jack Wert, executive director for the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The inclusion on Condé Nast Traveler’s list comes on the heels of several recent national and international accolades garnered by Florida’s Paradise Coast, an area that consists of Naples, Marco Island and the western portion of the Everglades. In February, Marco Island was named as the top island in the U.S. and fourth-best island in the world as part of the 2014 TripAdvisor® Travelers’ Choice® Islands Awards. Readers of 10Best, a division of USA Today Travel, also recognized Naples as one of the best romantic getaways in North America and one of the best golf destinations in the world. Previously, Florida’s Paradise Coast was voted as 2014’s Golf Destination of the Year – North America by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).

For more information about the Paradise Coast, call 800-688-3600 or visit www.ParadiseCoast.com. Follow the destination on Twitter @ParadiseCoast and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheParadiseCoast.

Media Contacts:

JoNell Modys, jonellmodys@colliergov.net, 239-252-2425

Doug Ruchefsky, dougr@lhammond.com, 212-891-0244

Angela Aline, angelaaline@colliergov.net, 239-252-6298

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