Looking for love Head to Las Vegas as gambling mecca tops list of most romantic U.S. cities
19:57 GMT, 11 June 2012
Las Vegas has been picked as America's most romantic city, beating New York for the top spot.
A new dating website, MissTravel.com, which pairs wealthy men with pretty travel companions unable to afford their own vacation, compiled and ranked a list of the 20 most romantic destinations in the U.S.
Based on 20,000 'romantic' trips taken or planned through the dating site, which launched just two months ago, the site labelled New York City second, and Miami, Florida third, with Cleveland, Ohio taking the last spot.
Love in Las Vegas: Dating website MissTravel.com released the list, which ranked Las Vegas as America's most romantic city
Brandon Wade, founder & CEO of MissTravel.com said in a press release, 'While US tourism has fallen significantly due to the recession, there has been a renewed interest in romance tourism.'
'Love and travel go hand in hand, and
this is why cities that can inspire the hearts of Romeos and Juliets all
over have seen the most improvement in their tourism,' he added.
TOP 20: AMERICA'S MOST ROMANTIC CITIES
1. Las Vegas, Nevada
2. New York, New York
3. Miami, Florida
4. San Francisco, California
5. Chicago, Illinois
6. Honolulu, Hawaii
7. Los Angeles, California
8. Orlando, Florida
9. Santa Barbara, California
10. Washington, D.C.
11. Napa Valley, California
12. Dallas, Texas
13. San Diego, California
14. Boston, Massachusetts
15. New Orleans, Louisiana
16. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
17. Houston, Texas
18. Tampa, Florida
19. Sedona, Arizona
20. Cleveland, Ohio
Whether Las Vegas was the destination
most offered by the 'wealthy bachelors' or the city most desired by the
'pretty travellers' is unknown.
Both parties reasons for choosing Las Vegas over other cities is also unknown.
Other cities include Santa Barbara, which came in at number nine, Dallas was placed in the 12th spot and Honolulu sixth.
The site, which has a tagline that reads: 'Who needs money Beautiful people travel for free!', has drawn far-reaching criticisms and its dubious results have been deemed 'ridiculous' by commenters.
One wrote: 'Based on the Web site's stated purpose and slogan, these would appear to
be not the 20 most romantic cities, but the 20 cities most visited by
people engaged in prostitution transactions'
However, surprisingly, in a recent Travel and Leisure magazine poll, Las Vegas was also a top contender.
While it is renowned for its debauchery and what-happens-in-Vegas-stays-in-Vegas mentality, it has also been touted as ideal for rekindling passion.
Joan Fernald, a 39-year-old Las Vegas resident, said: 'While Vegas might not be the greatest place to find love, it is a great town to put the romance back into a relationship – from formal and dramatic to down and dirty.