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Lonely Planet rethink on Wolverhampton
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Travel guide Lonely Planet describes Wolverhampton as the world's fifth worst city and "so bad that we don't even have it on this website."

Now guide editor Tom Hall has told BBC WM's Phil Upton that a rethink of its rating of the city could happen.

Mr Hall responded to criticism of the guide's rankings saying the list is based on feedback from website users.

Detroit, America was voted the worst city, followed by Accra in Ghana, Seoul in South Korea and Los Angeles, US.

When asked whether Lonely Planet would be re-evaluating its ranking of Wolverhampton after proud Wulfrunians queued up to support the city, Mr Hall said: "I think it's definitely worth another look.

"We should have mentioned that lots of travellers have very colourful anecdotes about Wolverhampton and all I can say is that my own comments and opinions are much more positive."

The list saw the West Midlands city deemed to be less attractive than the slums of El Salvador, as well as other cities in India, Tanzania and Mexico, despite it being able to trace its history back to 985 AD.

One contributor to the site even compared it with the devastation of Ground Zero in New York.

Wolverhampton City Council leader Neville Patten says it was "quite obvious" that representatives of the respected travel guide publisher had failed to visit the city.

"The picture they paint of Wolverhampton is not an accurate one," he says.

"If they had come here, they would have seen that Wolverhampton is one of the most progressive cities in Britain.

"Wolverhampton is such a friendly, open place which is why so many people want to come and live and work here.

"We have first-class facilities for residents and visitors and this is certainly not a downtrodden or Third World city.

"I would like to invite Lonely Planet to actually come here and take a tour so they can see for themselves what a vibrant place it is."




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