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It might not be the tourist’s most obvious choice for an exotic holiday destination. But Newcastle has been named 2018’s best travel location by a guidebook company, beating out the US civil rights trail, Russia, South Korea, Chile and Malawi to the top spot. After an eight-week deliberation Rough Guides named the northern English city its top place to visit next year, citing its “Geordie geniality”, nightlife, “burgeoning restaurant scene, fantastic museums and architectural feats like Tyne Bridge”. The city’s Great Exhibition in the North, which it is due to host next summer alongside twin city Gateshead, also tipped the balance in its favour.Locals, travel experts, staff and journalists helped choose the final 18, with this year’s list the first time Rough Guides has combined cities, countries and regions to create one overall guide to the year. Coralie Modschiedler, senior web editor at the publisher, said it wanted to recognise the north of England’s up-and-coming areas. “We wanted to look at the north of England because there’s so much happening in the major cities. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Leader of Newcastle City Council, Cllr Nick Forbes said “It’s great to see Rough Guides recognising that 2018 is going to be the year of the North. The Great Exhibition will put our city on the global stage, showcasing all we have to be proud of.“It will be one of the biggest events in the country attracting millions of visitors from all over the world to learn about our art, culture, design and innovation.“Tyneside is looking forward to putting on a warm Geordie welcome during this incredible event that will shape perceptions of the North for generations to come.” “Liverpool is celebrating being the capital of culture a decade ago, Manchester has so much going for it, we just felt it was Newcastle’s turn, and this exhibition promises to be quite an event,” she said, adding that a series of online guides to northern cities is also planned.