Sydney Named World's Best City in Travel

Leisure’s 2004 the World’s Best Awards; the Great Barrier Reef and Lizard Island Take Top Honors
The results are in! Australia’s top hotels, the Great Barrier Reef Islands, Sydney, and Tasmania have taken out honors in Travel + Leisure’s ninth annual World’s Best Awards.

Sydney was again named the World’s Best City for its eighth year. The city known for its sophisticated style, sunny disposition, and world-class food, wine and events beat out, respectively, Rome, Bangkok, Florence, and Cape Town.

The Great Barrier Reef Islands also featured prominently on many lists. The 1200-mile stretch of islands off the Northern Queensland coast was named the 10th Best Islands in the World, and number one in the Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific region. The islands are famed for their access to one of the world’s greatest wonders as well as their diving, fishing, walks, wildlife and relaxing beauty.

Australia’s only island State and ecological wonderland, Tasmania followed closely behind and was the second Best Island: Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Lizard Island, one of the Great Barrier Reef’s most luxurious and exotic resorts off the coast of Cairns ranked 16th as the World’s Best Hotels and topped the World’s Best Hotels: Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific.

In fact, an impressive 19 of the top 25 World’s Best Hotels: Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific were Australian. The resorts and hotels, many located near the Sydney Opera House, in Melbourne, or on the sands of Queensland’s beaches and island resorts are world-renowned for their style, personality and service.

Tourism Australia’s VP The Americas, Michael Londregan, celebrated the country’s top honors.

“This is fabulous news for Australia. The awards, combined with the latest travel figures showing the popularity of travel to more exotic and unique destinations like Australia is a real boost to tourism in Australia. And as the growth of US inbound tourism to Australia indicates, the future looks bright for this dream destination,” Londregan said.

Nancy Novogrod, Editor-in-Chief of Travel + Leisure magazine, announced the results to the 2004 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards readers’ survey in New York. The 2004 World’s Best Awards which recognizes readers’ favorite hotels, cities, airlines, etc, are featured in the August issue of Travel + Leisure magazine, on newsstands July 27, 2004.

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