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October 21, 2013 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Sydney has been voted the number one city in the US Condé Nast Traveler 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards in the Australia and Pacific Islands category. The city was also voted into the world’s top twenty list overall (#17) with Melbourne rated number 22.

Sydney hotels also scored well, with six properties making it into the top 10 hotels list in the Australia and the Pacific Islands region, including Park Hyatt Sydney as the top hotel, as well as Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, Westin Sydney, InterContinental Sydney, Shangri-La Hotel Sydney and Sydney Harbour Sydney aerial shot - Credit Ethan Rohloff, Destination NSWMarriott Hotel at Circular Quay.

More than 79,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers participated in the survey which ranks the best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels and resorts in the world – with voters rating cities according to ambience, friendliness, accommodation, restaurants, culture and shopping. Condé Nast Traveler readers are mostly based in North America, which is one of NSW’s largest international tourism markets, worth more than $571 million to the economy.

CEO of Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s agency for tourism and major events, Sandra Chipchase, said: “Voters recognised Sydney as ‘a cosmopolitan and sun-tanned’ city with diverse attractions, tremendous sightseeing, top-notch music, theatre and dance performances, great shopping and cultural attractions, and world-class food. There’s no doubt Sydney has all this and much more.”

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