best city 2016 sweet 16

The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament Second Round results have set up one of the most interesting sets of match-ups the contest has ever seen. Tokyo edged out Cape Town, Varna and Venice will battle, plus things could go anyway in an all American bracket. So far though the biggest surprise is Bishkek, whose supporters voted in numbers to easily defeat Budapest. This week however in the Sweet 16, Bishkek has to deal with Lisbon, which could be the second Portuguese city to win the competition. All of that is of course up to your votes below.

You have until Sunday, March 20th 6:00pm US EST to vote in each of the match ups below. Those of you reading through email and RSS will have to click-through to this page to vote.

Throughout the past week’s Second Round, I’ve been posting a little about the charities those that nominated the cities in this year’s contest are supporting. I’ll be donating $500 to a local non-profit organization in the winning city, here are some of those organizations you can read more about.

  • Fatih Belediyesi Yedikule Hayvan Barınağı (Istanbul) – This animal shelter has helped rescue over 3,000 cats and dogs, finding them good homes through adoption since 2001.
  • Hand In Hand (Bishkek) – In a country that can’t afford to fund much in the way of social services, ‘Hand In Hand’ is the only real resource for parents of children with autism, making incredible progress and projects over the past few years.
  • Dogs Trust (London) – A nonprofit whose mission is to bring about the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.

best city 2016 sweet 16

Thank you Lorraine, Stephen, and Brian for your support of these organizations throughout the Best City Tournament. Good luck in the contest and remember, the next round of remaining Elite 8 cities begins next Tuesday, March 22nd!

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