VIDEO: What are the World’s Best Cities?

Mario Toneguzzi‘s guest on Business Insider: Chris Fair, President and CEO of Resonance, discusses a new report ranking the world’s best cities.

Calgary just made the Top 50, at #49, behind Vancouver at #46 and Montreal at #48. Edmonton ranked #86.

The full ranking can be found here.


Resonance Press Release

Resonance Consultancy today announced the world’s 100 top-performing cities in their annual World’s Best Cities Report.

Resonance is a leading advisor in tourism, real estate and economic development, and its Best Cities rankings quantify and benchmark the relative quality of place, reputation and competitive identity for the world’s principal cities with metropolitan populations of one million or more.

They are lauded as the world’s most thorough city ranking, based on original methodology that analyzes key statistics as well as user-generated reviews and online activity in channels such as Google, Facebook and Instagram.

“The World’s Best Cities rankings benchmark the overall performance of more than 250 cities around the world based on a wide variety of measures in order to identify the top 100 places to live, visit and invest,” says Resonance President & CEO Chris Fair.

The overall Best Cities rankings are determined by analyzing the performance of each city for a wide range of factors that have historically shown positive correlations with attracting employment, investment and/or visitors to cities. These range from the number of quality culinary experiences and museums, to the number of Global 500 corporations, to the number of direct flight connections and mentions each city has on Instagram.

Based on each city’s performance in the 24 factors analyzed, these are the World’s Best Cities
for 2021:
1) London, England
2) Paris, France
3) New York City, USA
4) Moscow, Russia
5) Dubai, United Arab Emirates
6) Tokyo, Japan
7) Singapore, Republic of Singapore
8) Los Angeles, USA
9) Barcelona, Spain
10) Madrid, Spain

The full ranking of the top 100 cities is available at

And why does a ranking of the world’s cities matter now?

“The data collected for this year’s rankings provides a snapshot of the performance of these cities one year into the pandemic and are an early indicator of how they have each been affected by COVID-19,” says Resonance President & CEO Chris Fair. “While no city has been spared from the effects of the pandemic over the past year, they have fared differently. This new World’s Best Cities ranking provides a snapshot of which cities are best positioned to recover, and even thrive, in the years ahead.”

About Resonance Consultancy
Resonance is a global consultancy of strategic and creative place makers. As leading advisors in real estate, tourism and economic development, Resonance combines expertise in research, strategy, branding and communications to make destinations, cities and developments more valuable and more vibrant.

Best Cities is the home of Resonance’s exclusive ranking of the world’s top urban destinations. The data is used by news outlets ranging from National Geographic to Lonely Planet, and Bloomberg calls it “The most comprehensive study of its kind; it identifies cities that are most desirable for locals, visitors, and businesspeople alike, rather than simply looking at livability or
tourism appeal.” | #BestCities

Mario Toneguzzi, based in Calgary, has more than 40 years experience as a daily newspaper writer, columnist, and editor. He worked for 35 years at the Calgary Herald covering sports, crime, politics, health, faith, city and breaking news, and business. He now works as a freelance writer and editor as well as a consultant in communications and media relations/training.

He is VP of Content & Strategy for MegaPixx Media, which owns and operates YYC Business, and owner of Mario Toneguzzi Communications Inc. 

Mario is a regular contributor to various national and local publications including Retail Insider, RENX, Globe and Mail, The Star, National Post, Real Estate Magazine, Troy Media, YYC Business, Grocery Business Magazine and many others. He’s also a host for Calgary and Edmonton on Canada’s Podcast network. And he’s a regular contributor of content for companies and organizations to populate their websites.

Frequent commentator on television and radio on business news, issues and trends.

Named in 2021 as one of the Top 10 Business Journalists in the World by PR News – the only Canadian to make the list.

Part of the Herald’s National Newspaper Award winning newsroom for coverage of the June 2013 floods in Calgary.

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