While Melbourne may have lost its place at the top of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index, Sydney is celebrating by winning not one, but two destination awards.
The Harbour City has been named Australasia’s Leading Destination in the 25th Annual World Travel Awards as well as being voted the number one city in The Best Cities in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific category of the 23rd annual Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.
Both Awards appear to be decided on votes from industry professionals and consumers. Travel + Leisure is the largest magazine brand in the United States.
NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall offered insights for both wins.
“Australasia offers such diverse and high quality tourism experiences, and the fact that Sydney has taken out top spot in the World Travel Awards reinforces that it truly is a destination for everyone,” Mr Marshall said.
“In the year ending March 2018 Sydney again achieved its highest volume of international visitors, nights and expenditure on record exceeding the four million international visitor mark for the first time,” he said.
“There’s so much more to our great city than our iconic Harbour Bridge and stunning Opera House, and visitors are seeing that for themselves.”
And of the Travel + Leisure win:
“I’m delighted to see that Sydney has once again taken out the number one ranking, proving that our iconic landmarks, stunning beaches, outstanding events and festivals and first-class food and wine experiences continue to entice international visitors,” Mr Marshall said.
“In the most recent round of the International Visitor Survey NSW and Sydney achieved record results, ranking as the number one State and city in Australia in terms of international visitors, nights and expenditure and the United States represents an important share of this visitor market for NSW.
“In the year ended December 2017, we welcomed 457,000 overnight visitors from the US (up 7.2%) who spent $774million (up 3.2%).”