Sydney voted best Aussie capital

Sydney has taken out top honours in this year’s Travel+Leisure World’s Best Awards, being voted best Australian capital city by the largest travel magazine brand in the United States.

Sydney’s ranking confirms how well the city satisfies travellers from around the world.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the accolade was a testament to the diverse range of world-class experiences in the Harbour City and supported the efficacy of Destination NSW’s marketing programs in the USA. 

“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,” said Mr Marshall

“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 per cent) who spent $774 million (up 3.2 per cent).”

Sydney also cleaned up in the Best City Hotels in Australia section, with three hotels in the top five: Park Hyatt Sydney; Shangri-La Hotel Sydney and The Langham Sydney.

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.


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