Sydney failed to make the cut in this year’s “Travel + Leisure US World’s Best Awards” top 10 list. This is not the first time such a thing happened as Australia’s biggest city stayed out of the Top-10 back in the year 2009 when it took home the 11th position. This time it missed the elite list by a whisker once again and is now positioned 12th.
The US edition’s editor-in-chief, Nancy Novogrod was quoted in saying that while the fares in other categories such as its people and its sights, but when it comes down to judge a city for its value-for-money, Sydney lagged behind the rest marginally.
But there is something to cheer for as Destination NSW’s chief executive, Sandra Chipchase, said that Sydney may fail to put itself in the prestigious World’s Top-10 list but it is still the most visited city in the South Pacific region. It eclipsed Melbourne, another exciting Australian city and Queenstown. New Zealand also maintains its strong hold in this region.
The Australian dollar’s decline against the American dollar influenced such a decision mostly, with the magazine’s voting conducted during the period when the Australian was at an all-time high.