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The survey says Penticton is becoming a year-round vacation hot spot with its beautiful beaches, a burgeoning wine industry and many outdoor activities.

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Penticton, B.C. is one of the 10 best places in the world to visit, according to a survey of Facebook users by the on-line publication The Huffington Post.

The publication says it analyzed more than 200-million comments and other travel references on the social network site to come up with the list.

The article says Penticton – nestled in the Okanagan Valley about a five hour drive east of Vancouver – is becoming a year-round vacation hot spot with its beautiful beaches, a burgeoning wine industry and many outdoor activities.

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Eric Sorensen, chair of the Penticton Business Development Group, calls the ranking a "huge coup" for his city.

He says now the world knows about the area's natural assets and the local tourism business is looking forward to welcoming new visitors as a result of the article.

Portland, Oregon, and Charleston, South Carolina also made the list, along with cities in Spain, Columbia, Bolivia, Estonia, Croatia, Vietnam, and Laos.

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