Sullivan CatskillsFerndale, NY, November 7, 2018: Lonely Planet, the world’s leading travel authority, reveals its 2019 picks for the hottest travel destinations — announcing the Catskills, USA, and featuring the Sullivan Catskills, as one of the top ten regions on the globe to visit next year.

When it comes to declaring the world's best destinations, Lonely Planet is the world’s leading travel authority.  There are abundances of possibilities and Lonely Planet's “Best in Travel” report is based on the nominations of editors, researchers, locals and influencers who evaluate each place. The battle is fierce because there is global competition for the preeminent places to visit. Once a list of nominations are established, they are then narrowed down by a panel of judges who are tasked with determining the places that are unique, compelling and timely.

“It thrills us to be selected as the best-of-the-best in the world. The Catskills is America’s first vacationland and now the #2 region to visit in 2019! The Sullivan Catskills is emerging as a premier destination that is chic, historic and progressive,” states Roberta Byron-Lockwood, President of the Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association (SCVA). “Being featured as one of the top travel regions in the world and the only recognized region in the United States, brings global awareness to the Catskills, New York State and the United States. We are proud and honored to be part of this designation which will generate more tourism dollars into our local economies.”

 This recognition means boundless exposure and opportunities for the Sullivan Catskills and the Catskill Region. The announcement has been featured on Lonely Planet, Fortune, USA Today, LA Times, CNN and other prestigious news outlets reaching over 30 million readers and a media value exceeding $50 million and putting the worlds’ eyes on the Sullivan Catskills. This distinction will further the SCVA’s economic development projects for 2019 and beyond and will continue to propel visitation to its all time-high.

“This induction into the Lonely Planet’s 'Best of 2019' list will drive more tourism dollars in to our region. We will be on travelers’ bucket lists of must see and do places to visit,” comments Byron-Lockwood.  “As a result, in 2019, our state-of-the-art resorts such as Resorts World Catskills, Yo1 Wellness Center, The Kartrite and Eldred Preserve as well as our award-winning  historic inns, authentic American Villages and the 50th anniversary of celebration the original 1969 Woodstock Festival, will engage increased global interest. We can expect an influx of an unprecedented number of visitors — estimated over 10 million for the upcoming year. We are becoming a world-class destination and place for innovative economic and sustainable growth. We can’t wait to see what the future brings!”, Byron-Lockwood continues.

 The Sullivan Catskills Visitors association is a multi-award-winning organization for its marketing and leadership initiatives. Visit for more information on its attractions, restaurants, lodging and events. To learn more about Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel for 2019” visit www



Contact: Roberta Byron-Lockwood