Most well- liked city

Paris named ‘ most ad­mired city’ in in­ter­na­tional in­dex.

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PARIS has knocked Lon­don off its perch to re­claim the ti­tle of “most ad­mired city” for 2015, in an in­ter­na­tional in­dex that mea­sured 50 cities across cat­e­gories, such as in­ter­na­tional sta­tus, peo­ple and cul­ture.

In the 2015 edi­tion of the An­holt- GfK City Brands In­dex pub­lished ev­ery two years, Paris showed one of the largest over­all score gains, climb­ing back from its third place stand­ing in 2013 to take the top spot.

Au­thors note that the study was con­ducted in Septem­ber 2015, two months be­fore the Novem­ber ter­ror at­tacks in Paris.

De­spite the at­tacks, an­a­lysts stand be­hind the re­sults, say­ing that while the events may have spooked a few trav­ellers and changed their “be­hav­iour” to­wards Paris, it’s un­likely that their per­cep­tions will have changed.

“If past ex­pe­ri­ence is any­thing to go by, such at­tacks do not change peo­ple's per­cep­tions of the city in any sig­nif­i­cant or long- last­ing way," said in­dex cre­ator Si­mon An­holt in a state­ment.

“There may be a tem­po­rary change in peo­ple's be­hav­iour to­wards Paris, but the at­tacks do not af­fect the rea­sons why peo­ple might ad­mire the city's beauty, cul­tural life, op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

It’s also note­wor­thy that the city man­aged to take the top spot af­ter ter­ror at­tacks in Jan­uary last year at the of­fices of the satir­i­cal mag­a­zine Char­lie Hebdo and Jewish su­per­mar­ket Hy­per Cacher.

For the in­dex, more than 5,160 in­ter­views were con­ducted in Aus­tralia, Brazil, Bri­tain, China, France, Ger­many, In­dia, Rus­sia, South Korea and the United States. A to­tal of 50 cities were in­cluded for con­sid­er­a­tion and mea­sured across six di­men­sions – their pres­ence or in­ter­na­tional stand­ing; place ( trans­port and lo­ca­tion); pre- req­ui­sites ( af­ford­able ac­com­mo­da­tion, pub­lic ameni­ties); peo­ple ( friend­li­ness, safety and cul­tural di­ver­sity); pulse ( cul­ture); and ed­u­ca­tional and eco­nomic po­ten­tial.

Paris emerged the leader in cat­e­gories such as place and pulse, while Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, was ranked top in the cat­e­gory of pre- req­ui­site and peo­ple. Con­spic­u­ously ab­sent on the top 10 list are any Asian cities.

Here are the top 10 cities on the An­holtGfK CBISM rank­ing for 2015: 1. Paris 2. Lon­don 3. New York 4. Syd­ney 5. Los An­ge­les 6. Rome 7. Ber­lin 8. Am­s­ter­dam 9. Mel­bourne 10. Wash­ing­ton DC – AFP Re­laxnews

An in­ter­na­tional in­dex has named Paris the ‘ most ad­mired city’. — AFP

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