In recent years, the publication of Lonely Planet’s annual lists has become a global event, met with huge expectation from the press, travel industry and globetrotters around the world. The lists – an equivalent of a Michelin-guide for travel – are announced yearly by the world’s largest guide book publisher, and includes the categories Countries, Regions, Value and Cities. For 2018, Oslo will be featured on the latter.
Oslo is the only Scandinavian destination to be featured on the list, taking its place alongside cities as varied as Seville (Spain), San Juan (Puerto Rico), Canberra (Australia) and Kaohsiung (South-Korea). Lonely Planet’s editorial director, Tom Hall, explains his choice. “Oslo has made our list of the top ten cities in the world to visit in 2018 because visitors can discover innovative architecture and unmissable museums alongside cool bars, bistros and cafes. With lots to see and do next year, there’s never been a better time to visit this cool Scandinavian capital city”.
Lonely Planet’s city-list is announced at a time when Oslo’s travel-industry is enjoying an unprecedented growth. In only five years the number of overnight stays have increased from 458 000 in august 2012 to 619 000 in August 2017.
So why wait? This is yet another good reason to put Oslo on your bucket list.