It’s not often at all that Newport can be found on the “naughty list”, but somehow it’s happened.

Travel + Leisure produced a list on August 28th, 2015 that brings attention to cities that didn’t impress visitors with their people skills titled… These Are the Unfriendliest Cities in the World.

Every year, Travel + Leisure mines through tens of thousands of World’s Best Awards surveys—in 2015, they received responses from 199,652 people from around the globe—to better understand where their readers love to go, and why. Of course, the responses say just as much, if not more, about what their readers don’t like.

Out of 266 cities ranked, Newport, RI found itself listed as the 29th unfriendliest city in the world, Providence landed at 16 and Boston at 15!

The most unfriendly city according to Travel + Leisure readers? That would be Moscow Russia. See the full list HERE.

We appreciate the attempt of Travel + Leisure to explain that every day can’t be a cities best day!

“Of course, we’ve all had an unfriendly encounter with a local, or caught a city that’s just woken up on the wrong side of the bed. We know these cities, at their best, can all be inviting, vibrant, and dynamic destinations.”

What Travel + Leisure had to share about Newport, RI;

29. Newport, R.I., U.S.

James Nesterwitz—Alamy
Score: 75.966This coastal town, with its clutch of ultra-luxe B&Bs and the staggering mansions along the Cliff Walk, is certainly attractive, but the wealth and exclusivity make themselves known to out-of-towners (even if you’re just visiting from another well-to-do city). “It’s too crowded,” one reader reported, “and the locals don’t want you there!”

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