Dundee named in world’s top 10 ‘hot destination’

According to The Wall Street Journal, Dundee has been named, alongside Shanghai, Madagascar and the Faroe Islands, as one of the top 10 “hot destinations” to visit next year.

The US newspaper called Dundee “Scotland’s coolest city” and it highlighted the opening of the Dundee V&A Museum of Design as part of its attraction and reason to visit.

Did you know that Dundee was previously named “coolest little city in Britain” by GQ Magazine?

It was only last Thursday that Dundee submitted a proposal to become the European Capital of Culture in 2023, this gives the city another six years to up its culture quotient, but it is clearly, so “hot” right now.

The Wall Street Journal article said: “A coastal college town, Dundee has emerged as Scotland’s coolest city (see the old public library turned underground club).

“In 2018 the V&A Museum of Design will debut as the centrepiece of a $1.5 billion transformation of the faded riverfront.

“Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the new V&A will celebrate the country’s unsung design heritage – from jute to Minecraft.”

Not to mention, Dundee is famous for being the birthplace of D.C. Thomson, home of The Dandy and The Beano as well as it boasting two fiercely rival football clubs – Dundee and Dundee United – within spitting distance of each other – McEwan Fraser Legal are the main club sponsors for both clubs.

Jim Clarkson, Regional Director at VisitScotland, said: “We’ve always known Dundee was ‘cool’ and now we can say it is ‘hot’ too, thanks to The Wall Street Journal.

“To be named as a must-visit destination, in such a prestigious publication, is testament to the hard work and dedication of our local tourism partners in continuing to revitalise the region and deliver a top quality experience for visitors.

“The city is buzzing around the multi-million pound makeover of the waterfront and the opening of the V&A Museum of Design in 2018 and it’s fantastic to see this excitement has spread beyond our shores.

“Tourism is more than a holiday experience – it is integral to sustaining communities across Scotland by generating income, creating jobs and stimulating social change – and accolades like this will help to build the reputation of Dundee and boost the local economy.”

The top 10 ‘hot destinations’ named by The Wall Street Journal are:


The Wall Street Journal article can be found here.

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