The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament 2012: Sweet 16

best city to visit tournament 2012 sweet 16

The Round of 32 last Friday was a wild one, with Sarajevo supporters arriving in even bigger numbers, Cairo almost pulling off an impressive upset, and at the end of it all The Best City to Visit 2012 Tournament said goodbye to Australia and Africa. We’re now in the second half of the tournament with some cities (Porto, Izmir, Madrid) arriving with less than a 2% advantage in the last round. Strong favorites emerged but this is a contest of match ups and any one of these 16 cities could reach the final. The winners of the 2010 and 2011 tournaments quietly made their way to the championship and that right side of the bracket sure is keeping a low profile.

Voting in the Sweet 16 will be open until 11:30am US EST this Thursday, March 15th. Results may not appear after you vote so check back throughout the day and I’ll post updates in the comments below. Those of you reading through email and RSS will have to click-through to this page to vote.


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Please keep in mind the final votes for any poll aren’t final until they’re verified by my diligent verification team. Remember, the 8 cities that win this round will be voted through to the Final Four this Friday March 16th!

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  1. Anil P. says:

    Hi everyone, here’s what’s probably the last update before the voting in this round ends. Many of the races are incredibly close so results may not be posted until very late today!

    New York-Marrkesh: Close; less than 1% lead Marrakesh
    Istanbul-Rio de Janeiro: Istanbul leading*
    London-Madrid: London leading*
    Guimaraes-Prague: Close; within 1% lead Guimaraes
    Sarajevo-Rome: Sarajevo strong lead*
    Izmir-Dubrovnik: Izmir leading*
    Porto-Kuala Lumpur: Kuala Lumpur leading*
    Fethiye-Barcelona: Very close; within a few votes

    *Same as last update

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  2. pedro says:

    Guimarães, recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage and European Capital of Culture 2012

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  3. Biko says:

    It doesn’t matter if Sarajevo win or not,don’t hesitate to visit us.
    Welcome to all! ;-)

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  4. Mehmed Tulumovic says:

    Sarajevo grade moj, seheru!

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  5. Sany says:

    you should make it possible to +1 this page ;) not all of us have FB!

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    • Anil P. says:

      :) I had to take the buttons down as they were slowing down the pages quite a bit occasionally. When Google starts coding them a bit better I might consider it. Sorry it’s been an inconvenience though, do wish I could have them up for you.

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  6. Sany says:

    SA SA SARAJEVO :)

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  7. Steve P says:

    Oh please!! fethiye is not even a city so how can you compare it to places like Barcelona and Cape Town etc. It doesnt even have its own airport. I think you should look up what the definition of a city is.

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    • Anil P. says:

      Actually Steve, you should look up the definition. Let me help you – there is no standard definition of a city; …and having an airport doesn’t make you a city. Minot, North Dakota has an airport but only a population of 40,000; half that of Fethiye. Is it a city? And although 3 airports service the local area, there is no airport within Washington D.C’s city limits. Or Stockholm. Urban anthropologists can’t even agree or define what a city is in objective terms.

      Local governments sometimes define city parameters, but there’s no international consensus.

      All of that said, the votes have spoken thus far.

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  8. Steve P says:

    Then basically we are talking towns then as well. Sorry but I find it unbelievable that Fethiye is classed as a better city than San Fransisco, Sydney, Paris or Rome.

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  9. Dragana Savi Radumilo says:

    I am voting for Sarajevo!

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  10. Anil P. says:

    Next round of 8 begins tomorrow, good luck to both cities!

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  11. Francisco Silva says:

    Why is it taking so long? I can’t wai to see the results about Guimarães :)

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  12. Marc says:

    woww, Sarajevoo :)) amazing win

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  13. Mafalda says:

    I am so glad that Guimarães has won! yeaaaaaaaaaaaaah! :D :D

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  14. suad says:

    Sarajevo is not boring, Sarajevo is unique, Sarajevo in the final

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  15. Danny Ryo says:

    Guimarães European Capital of Culture 2012 with more than 300 events this year, is perhaps the ideal city to visit and enjoy.

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  16. John says:

    I visit Sarajevo (Bosnia) every year, sometimes winter more often summer. This is the most relaxing place for me. Country is the richest in history and nature, there are things to see.
    The food is great and inexpensive.

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  17. wauu says:

    Sarajevo is the most beautiful city in the world, a city with a most cordial people….
    After the brutal destruction again elevated to the heights, it is the only city in Europe where the 250 square meters you can see the Orthodox Church, catholic church, synagogue and mosque …

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  18. Luiz says:

    I wonder how Sarajevo is doing in this round :D

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  19. Francisco Silva says:

    glad to see once again Guimarães on this stage :)

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  20. after the bitter defeat of Granada which I couldn’t believe now all my support with Barcelona and Madrid! go!!!!

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  21. Julia says:

    We’re thinking resources are going to have to pooled and we’ll campaign for a vote for Turkey as oppose to a particular city…although we’re very much looking forward to your posts on Sarajevo. ;)

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    • Anil P. says:

      The fortunate thing is that all of the Turkish cities are in opposite parts of the bracket still – unlike Spain which ended up eliminating two of its own cities due to the initial draw.

      Anything is possible!

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      • Julia says:

        By the skin of our teeth. That was a good battle! We were out last night celebrating a birthday but made our friend look up the results on his phone. Double celebration! And I think it’s a good job we had a last minute rally at the end. You find out who your ‘friends’ are in situations like this! ;)

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  22. Diogo Rodrigues says:

    Guimarães is the European Capital of Culture this year so everyone should come visit my beautiful hometown :D

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  23. Alex says:

    My favorites are Sarajevo and Prague

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    • Anil P. says:

      Sarajevo is doing well and Prague has a close race with Guimaraes right now.

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      • Alex says:

        I know, Portugal and Guimaraes is fascinating, but Prague is a unique city if you compare. Therefore I hope for Prague here. Historically Sarajevo must be one of the most attractive in Europe with a mix of cultures and religions coexcisting there for centuries. Might be a potential winner … People are still discovering it, I think the city deserves a place as top 10 city destination in Europe.

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        • Anil P. says:

          The Guimaraes-Prague race is the closest one at the moment, very interesting one. Hard to tell who may advance but the next 8 will certainly be an interesting group.

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  24. inas_bosnia says:

    Sarajevo.. :D <3 <3

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  25. jaSam says:

    glad to see once again sarajevo on this level

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  26. amar says:

    hope to see Sarajevo and Dubrovnik in semi finals :D

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  27. tarik says:

    sarajevo is just unique city :D

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  28. Matt says:

    I love the city bracket concept and the surprising upsets.

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    • Anil P. says:

      Thanks Matt, glad to hear you’re enjoying this year’s tournament. I get a feeling too that there may be even more upsets and surprising races ahead…

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  29. sanni says:

    Sarajevo is a unique city which should be visited. It is still one of the cheapest cities in Europe. Bosnian cuisine is one of the best in the world and is highly recommended.

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  30. Anil P. says:

    Good morning everyone, here’s another look at how the races are going:

    New York-Marrkesh: Marrakesh small lead
    Istanbul-Rio de Janeiro: Istanbul leading*
    London-Madrid: London leading
    Guimaraes-Prague: Close
    Sarajevo-Rome: Sarajevo strong lead*
    Izmir-Dubrovnik: Izmir leading*
    Porto-Kuala Lumpur: Kuala Lumpur leading*
    Fethiye-Barcelona: Close

    *Same as last update

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  31. Wow! Your contest has certainly taken some interesting twists and turns this year.

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  32. Anil P. says:

    Hi everyone, to update how the races are going:

    New York-Marrkesh: Close
    Istanbul-Rio de Janeiro: Istanbul leading
    London-Madrid: Close
    Guimaraes-Prague: Prague leading
    Sarajevo-Rome: Sarajevo strong lead
    Izmir-Dubrovnik: Izmir leading
    Porto-Kuala Lumpur: Kuala Lumpur leading
    Fethiye-Barcelona: Close

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