Dundee named as 'Must-Visit' staycation city

Published

20th May 2021

Dundee’s reputation as a top staycation destination has been further enhanced after it was named among the UK’s top city breaks by an internationally-renowned magazine.

Conde Nast Traveller included “the Scottish renaissance city” in its top 12 places to enjoy a short getaway during 2021, alongside the likes of Belfast, Bristol and Cambridge.

The publication said that Dundee’s rise as one of the UK’s must-visit cultural destinations “continues unabated” following the opening of V&A Dundee in 2018.

It highlighted places to eat and stay, including the Staybridge Suites in a converted city jute mill, as well as new ways to get around and future culture developments.

Dundee council leader John Alexander said: “I’m delighted – but not surprised – that Dundee continues to be identified as one of the top places to visit in the UK.

“Having already been named UK Staycation City of the Year, we’ve now been identified by one of the world’s best-known travel publications as a must-visit cultural destination.

“As a city, we punch well above our weight, with world class museums, art galleries, theatres and attractions all within a short distance of one another.

“Dundee combines the best of contemporary culture, inspiring architecture and a rich historical heritage with fabulous food and drink, good transport links, a great choice of places to stay and a fantastic selection of things to do.

“With many people looking to holiday at home this year, we look forward to visitors putting Dundee on their map in 2021 and exploring all that this amazing city has to offer.”

The past few days have also seen Dundee been named one of the most fun places in the UK to be a student, adding to a lengthy list of accolades.

It was previously named Britain’s coolest little city by GQ magazine, included on the Lonely Planet Best in Europe list and branded the “cultural comeback kid” by CNN.

Councillor Mark Flynn, convener of city development, said: “Whether you’re coming to Dundee to live or study, or just for a visit, Dundee has something for everyone.

“The transformation of the city continues apace, from job creating innovation such as the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc to the unique leisure space that’s being created at Waterfront Place.

“We will soon also have a waterside promenade to rival any in the country, taking full advantage of Dundee’s stunning coastal setting.

“It’s great that people far and wide are being encouraged to learn what Dundonians already know – that this cool little city has lots to offer.”

Dundee City Council

Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.

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