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Thursday, 10 July 2008

SYDNEY GAINS GROUND IN WORLD’S BEST CITIES AWARDS




Travel + Leisure Australia magazine announces prestigious World’s Best Awards Winners for 2008

Sydney is once again rising through the ranks in the list of the World’s Best Cities, according to Travel + Leisure US’s annual World’s Best Awards readers’ survey announced in New York today, moving back up to fourth position this year after falling to fifth in 2007. Sydney has previously dominated the category by being voted World’s Best City an extraordinary eight out of 13 times.

Bangkok was voted World’s Best City in 2008, followed by Buenos Aires and Cape Town, proving travellers today are favouring edgier, more exotic destinations to the traditional European cities which have previously featured high on the list. Florence, which was voted number one in both 2005 and 2006, fell to number five this year.

“Sydney's tourism industry will no doubt be pleased to be climbing up the list again,” said Travel + Leisure Australia editor, Anthony Dennis.

“The NSW Government has been heavily criticised in recent years for not doing enough to capitalise on the success of events like the 2000 Olympics and the 2003 Rugby World Cup, but this result indicates that Sydney still rates highly among travellers in comparison to other great world cities.”

“This announcement is particularly good news of course, as Sydney prepares to host World Youth Day, its biggest event since the Olympics.”

Dennis believes that Bangkok’s ranking as number one city reflects the growing interest in Asia among affluent US travellers.

Travel + Leisure Australia today announced the World’s Best Awards results on behalf of its US parent publication, the world’s highest circulating travel title. Based on responses from Travel + Leisure US readers, the awards reflect the preferences, tastes and travel habits of some of the world’s most sophisticated travellers – a vital travel market for Australia and New Zealand.

“These awards are the most respected, independent, definitive and influential in the international travel industry. The world’s tourism and travel operators acknowledge these awards as reflective of the industry’s trends and tastes globally,” said Dennis.

In the World’s Best Islands list, Tasmania, which didn’t make the top ten list at all last year, ranked impressively at number five, as well as claiming the top position in the list of best islands in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific. The Great Barrier Reef Islands moved up one rank to number nine in the world this year from number ten on last year’s list, a notable result considering the wave of flight cuts the islands have been suffering, however it fell to number two in the regional list.

The 2008 World’s Best Island overall are the Galapagos Islands.

Whilst Sydney retained its number one position as Best City in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific region, three other Australian cities entered the top five this year, knocking out all but Queenstown in terms of New Zealand’s cities, which came in at number three. Melbourne was voted the second best city in the region, with Perth and Hobart both making the list at fourth and fifth respectively. The last time Perth and Hobart have ranked on the list of top cities in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific was in 2005 when Perth ranked four and Hobart five.

“It’s great to see some other Australian cities being appreciated by international travellers,” said Dennis.

Three Australian and New Zealand properties made it onto the World’s Best Awards list of Top 100 Hotels Overall this year, which was one category Australia missed out on completely last year. Voyages on Lizard Island and The Westin in Sydney both made the grade for Australia, as did Treetops Lodge, Rotorua for New Zealand, which displaced last year’s entry, Huka Lodge, Taupo.

"Despite Australia scoring a couple of entries in the top 100 list of World's Best Hotels this year, the poll suggests there are still challenges for the Australian tourism industry to deliver internationally distinctive accommodation in the face of fierce competition from overseas markets."

Whilst Qantas ranked number seven ranking in the World’s Best International Airline category, this year it does not feature in the list at all. Singapore Airlines was voted number one airline for the thirteenth time this year, followed by Emirates Airline, Thai Airways International, and Cathay Pacific Airways respectively.

“Trends and insights from the latest World’s Best Awards are a barometer of the latest global travel industry worldwide. As ever, the results provide a challenge for the local tourism organisations in terms of innovation,” Dennis said.

A full list of the results is available at www.travelandleisure.com.au and in Travel + Leisure US’s August 2008 issue.

Travel + Leisure Australia is one of seven international Travel + Leisure editions, including the US parent title.

The full list of the 2008 World’s Best Awards is available at www.travelandleisure.com.au

About Travel + Leisure Australia

Travel + Leisure is the world’s leading travel magazine. The magazine for travellers not tourists, the Australian edition showcases the finest travel writing and photography, from home, the region and the rest of the world. The magazine covers food, wine, fashion, art, architecture and motoring. Travel + Leisure Australia is published by Fairfax Magazines, a division of Fairfax Media and is available through subscription and from selected newsagents.

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TOP 10 CITIES OVERALL:

1 Bangkok, Thailand 87.61
2 Buenos Aires, Argentina 87.24
3 Cape Town, South Africa 86.59
4 Sydney, Australia 86.49
5 Florence, Italy 86.24
6 Cuzco, Peru 86.15
7 Rome, Italy 85.12
8 New York, US 85.03
9 Istanbul, Turkey 84.61
10 San Francisco, US 84.42

TOP 5 AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC:

1 Sydney 86.49
2 Melbourne 80.35
3 Queenstown. New Zealand 79.95
4 Perth 77.78
5 Hobart 77.38

TOP 10 ASIA:

1 Bangkok, Thailand 87.61
2 Kyoto, Japan 84.27
3 Chiang Mai, Thailand 84.14
4 Hong Kong 83.69
5 Udaipur, India 83.51
6 Shanghai, China 81.83
7 Siem Reap, Cambodia 81.15
8 Beijing, China 81.05
9 Hanoi, Vietnam 80.87
10 Jaipur, India 80.78

TOP 10 EUROPE:

1 Florence, Italy 86.24
2 Rome, Italy 85.12
3 Istanbul, Turkey 84.61
4 Paris, France 82.59
5 Krakow, Poland 82.14
6 Prague, Czech Republic 81.81
7 Venice, Italy 81.74
8 Barcelona, Spain 81.32
9 Vienna, Austria 80.99
10 Salzburg, Austria 80.63

TOP 5 MEXICO AND CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA:

1 Buenos Aires, Argentina 87.24
2 Cuzco Peru 86.15
3 San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 82.19
4 Rio de Janeiro 80.15
5 Antigua, Guatemala 79.92

TOP 10 AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST:

1 Cape Town 86.59
2 Jerusalem 84.39
3 Fez, Morocco 80.77
4 Marrakesh, Morocco 80.46
5 Cairo 80.23
6 Dubai 78.86
7 Tel Aviv 78.60
8 Amman 74.52
9 Tunis 71.93
10 Alexandria 70.72

TOP 10 ISLANDS OVERALL:

1 Galapagos Islands 87.64
2 Bali 86.32
3 Maui 86.09
4 Kauai 85.87
5 Tasmania 85.00
6 Easter Island 84.78
7 Hawaii 84.66
8 Santorini 84.52
9 Great Barrier Reef Islands 84.42
10 Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia 83.82

TOP 5 AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC:

1 Tasmania 85.00
2 Great Barrier Reef Islands 84.42
3 Bora-Bora 83.58
4 Fiji Islands 80.56
5 Moorea 80.05

TOP 3 ASIA:

1 Bali 86.32
2 Phuket Thailand 82.64
3 Penang Malaysia 81.67

TOP 5 EUROPE:

1 Santorini, Greece 84.52
2 Dalmatian Islands, Croatia 83.50
3 Sicily, Italy 82.92
4 Ischia, Italy 82.41
5 Cyclades, Greece (Santorini rated separately) 82.40

TOP 3 MEXICO AND CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA:

1 Galapagos Islands 87.64
2 Easter Island, Chile 84.78
3 Ambergris Cay, Belize 78.08

TOP 5 THE CARIBBEAN, BERMUDA AND THE BAHAMAS:

1 Vieques 78.00
2 Bermuda 77.40
3 British Virgin Islands 76.66
4 St. Lucia 75.34
5 U.S. Virgin Islands 75.27

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