Yesterday, travel website Big 7 announced Vancouver was the friendliest city in the world — and many were quick to disagree.
According to Big 7, Vancouver takes the top spot “thanks to its extraordinary friendly residents.”
“The city has an amazing multicultural community who band together to make visitors feel welcome and safe at all times. Locals are quick to offer assistance to tourists and the community vibe makes socializing in Vancouver simple.”
People took to social media to share their opinions about the ranking, pointing out they’ve had very different experiences in the city.
“Unfriendliest” you mean to say
— Habeeb (@habeebolabiyi) August 15, 2019
pretentious is the word
— Ahmar Khan (@AhmarSKhan) August 15, 2019
Maybe they mean Vancouver, Washington.
— gmdvancouver (@gmdvancouver) August 15, 2019
How is this possible, people go out of their way to not even recognize you exist in this city
— SLIM CHANCE (@100INARI) August 16, 2019
Born there and even though I like the place, i have to disagree on this!
— Crystal Ironmonger (@xoxchrissy91xox) August 16, 2019
Is this a joke?
— DunnMan (@DunnMan77) August 16, 2019
haha I would believe this if I haven’t lived there for a year and wanted to move somewhere else, because I felt so lonely. It would be the most beautiful but not the friendliest at all. Any city in Europe is friendlier than Vancouver. 🙊
— Umut Incesu (@umutincesu) August 16, 2019
The surprised faces when I hold the door for the next people entering the building says otherwise…#Vancouver
— Lord Humungus of Vancouver (@RodneyGibson604) August 16, 2019
Yeah, this isn’t true. https://t.co/BJkNZCkVvs
— Max Fawcett (@maxfawcett) August 16, 2019
ICYMI, a global social media survey found Vancouver the friendliest city on earth, with the following description.
— Dr. Sweet Maple Booty, Hon. D.Urbanics (@swmaplebooty) August 16, 2019
What other cities were included? Lol https://t.co/U9QK37ycck
— culinaryartisans (@chefcliffto) August 16, 2019
— Jonathan Ross (@tdhross) August 16, 2019
Vancouver is friendly in comparison to many cities, absolutely.
However, it’s not even the friendliest city in Canada. That would be Calgary or Lethbridge or Moncton or Halifax. Strangers talk to you in those places.
Friendliest of the cities in the poll, maybe. https://t.co/daUK592Utz
— El Canaco (@ElCanaco) August 15, 2019
Montreal was the only other Canadian city included in the list, placing 34th.
Top 20 friendliest cities in the world, according to Big 7 Travel:
- Vancouver, Canada
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Bruges, Belgium
- Taipei, Taiwan
- Hamburg, Germany
- Dublin, Ireland
- Christchurch, New Zealand
- Nashville, Tennessee, USA
- Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Glasgow, Scotland
- Chang Mai, Thailand
- Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic
- Abu Dhabi, UAE
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Athens, Greece
- Adelaide, Australia
- Cork, Ireland
- Muscat, Oman
- Houston, Texas, USA
- Siem Reap, Cambodia
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