Vancouver Island Chosen as one of the Top Islands in the World by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine’s 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards

Nanaimo, B.C. – Vancouver Island has been ranked #2 in the Top 5 Islands in North America and Victoria has been ranked #8 in the Top 10 Small Cities in the World by global travellers voting in Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards. Topped only by Cape Breton Island, Vancouver Island was once again recognized as one of the best islands in the world; what has become an annual acknowledgement by the readers of the prestigious U.S. leisure travel magazine.

“This is welcome news,” says Anthony Everett, President & CEO, Tourism Vancouver Island. “It is wonderful to see this positive recognition for Vancouver Island from global travellers at a time when our tourism industry is suffering. We would like to thank the residents of Vancouver Island for contributing to making the Island a special place to live and visit.”

To prepare to welcome global visitors back to the Island when the time is right, Tourism Vancouver Island is committed to supporting the survival of 3,000+ tourism businesses in the Vancouver Island region through deep partnerships and collaboration, including the BC Tourism Resiliency Network. Tourism Vancouver Island also amplifies the recovery marketing work of industry partners through a collaborative marketing network, and congratulates Destination Greater Victoria on its work to showcase Victoria to the world.

On its website, Condé Nast Traveler says:

“Our 33rd Readers’ Choice Awards represent the first time that you, the voters, made your picks when almost no one was traveling. So the names in this year’s edition are the ones that brought you comfort, that you still connected with long afterward, that got you through the months without travel. These are the enduring gems that can withstand the test of time and the vicissitudes of circumstances. So while it is always an honor to be on this list, in this strangest of years it is a special honor, indeed. Many readers have told us that when we emerge from this pandemic, they want to turn their attention to the classics, whether that means personal favorites or places they know have brought joy to others. If that sounds like you, consider these lists a jumping-off point for what’s next.”

For more information on the Condé Nast Traveler 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards, visit

Media contact:

Anthony Everett
President & CEO
Tourism Vancouver Island
[email protected]

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