With all that is going on around Detroit, it would be a missed opportunity to not highlight all the great things that have come out recently about the city. From new developments, announcements, and celebrity praises, we are proud to see Detroit thriving and want to share the news in case you missed it.

Gaining National Attention

Just recently, Lonely Planet – one of the largest travel book publishers – announced that Detroit not only made their ‘Top 10 cities to visit in 2018’ list, but they ranked Detroit at number 2! That is a huge accomplishment considering we are sandwiched in between cities like Seville, Spain (#1) and Canberra, Australia (#3).

This isn’t the first time Detroit made a national travel list this year. We can’t forget when The New York Times named Detroit one of the “52 Places to Go in 2017” – marking our beloved city number 9 on that list.

What’s more, America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade presented by Art Van is in the running for America’s best holiday parade via USA Today 10 Best! You can vote for our hometown parade here.

Celebrity endorsements

It’s a well-known fact that there are plenty of musical greats, sports stars, and other major celebrities that have called Detroit home at point or another. But lately, there are a couple other celebrities singing Detroit’s praises as well.

For those familiar with the popular TLC show “What Not to Wear” – the show’s co-host Stacy London just visited Detroit for the Fashion Speak conference as the keynote speaker. London shared in an interview with Hour Detroit that she believes “Detroit will be cooler than Chicago,” claiming that the food and fashion scene could be even more rich than the Windy City.

It’s also no secret that Mark Wahlberg has spent a lot of time in the city between filming Transformers movies and opening his burger joint, Wahlburgers, in Greektown. He recently came out encouraging Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, to build its new headquarters in the city and promised he’d personally call him to discuss the opportunity.

Amazon’s interest in Detroit

Speaking of Amazon, according to Inc., Detroit has been called one of the top five contenders for bringing Amazon’s new headquarters to the city. Many want to see the city “return from the ashes” and with Amazon here, it would only catapult us further into more success and opportunity.

Detroit is definitely moving forward and thriving so much that we have received positive national recognition; let’s keep the momentum going!

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