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What's New in San Diego

Laura JOhnson


In October 2019, San Diego ranked 6th overall on Conde Nast Traveler’s “Best Cities in the U.S.” list, moving up in ranking from #7 in 2018 and #8 in 2017.  

In August 2019, The San Diego Tourism Authority won a U.S. Travel Destiny Award for Best International Marketing program for a co-op campaign in China with San Francisco Travel. Only 16 prestigious Destiny Awards are presented each year. The SDTA marketing team created a “Best of California” marketing program that produced effective results with Chinese consumers.

In September 2019, San Diego’s La Jolla region was the winner of Parenting OC's Readers’ Choice Award for Best Overall Weekend Getaway Destination. Several San Diego attractions won categories such as Best Kids Theme Park (LEGOLAND California Resort), Best Overall Zoo (San Diego Zoo), and Best Zoo Alternative (San Diego Zoo Safari Park).

In July 2019, San Diego was ranked the No. 2 Major Metropolis in Hotwire’s “Best Cities for a Quickie Index.”

In October 2019, San Diego breweries took home 17 medals at the Great American Beer Festivalin Denver, Colorado. This year's competition was the largest to date, with 9,497 entries from 2,295 breweries in all 50 states. San Diego County brewers brought home eight gold medals, four silvers and five bronze. Some of the San Diego breweries that won medals include Alesmith Brewing Co., Pizza Port Brewing, The Lost Abbey, Breakwater Brewing, SouthNorte Beer Co., Rip Current Brewing and Kilowatt Brewing, among other San Diego breweries. (10/19)

San Diego ranked as the No. 7 Top Meeting Destination in the U.S. by Cvent, a leading cloud-based event management platform.

In September 2019, Family Vacation Critic, TripAdvisor’s family travel site, selected San Diego as a must-visit destination for families. The website includes San Diego in its top 10 list of Best Cities for Families. San Diego attractions also ranked in the other Best City categories, including Best for Infants and Toddlers (ages 0-2): La Jolla Cove; Best for Little Kids (3-6): San Diego Zoo; Best for Big Kids (7-9): Balboa Park; and the Best Attraction for Tweens and Teens: California Surf Museum. (10/19)

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