World's best cities ranked by travellers

New South Wales is Australia's number one tourist destination. More than 3.0 million international travellers, or half of all international travellers to Australia, visited the State in the year to December quarter 2013, contributing $6.7 billion in expenditure to the local economy.

Traveller taking a photo of Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney is consistently ranked among the leading international destinations by readers of the world's major travel publications. The Readers' Choice Awards 2013 published by the respected Condé Nast Traveler magazine, again ranked Sydney within its top 20 best cities for travellers. Sydney was rated excellent or very good by 81.2% of respondents for ambience, friendliness, lodging, restaurants, culture/sites, and shopping, and was described by readers as a cosmopolitan and sun-tanned city with diverse attractions and world-class food.  

Sydney's world class dining scene continues to make its mark on the world culinary stage. Three Sydney restaurants, Marque, Tetsuya's and Quay, featured in Elite Traveler magazine's Elite 100 Restaurants 2014 Awards.  Marque was the highest ranking Australian restaurant, at 35th. In 2014, 42 New South Wales restaurants featured in the Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine's Top 100 Restaurants list, with seven of the top 10 located in the State.

World's best cities ranked by travellers, 20131
City/Country Score2
San Miguel De Allende, Mexico 84.6
Florence, Italy 83.8
Budapest, Hungary 83.8
Salzburg, Austria 83.3
Charleston, United States 83.2
San Sebastian, Spain 83.2
Vienna, Austria 83.1
Rome, Italy 83.0
Siena, Italy 82.9
Québec City, Canada 82.7
Cape Town, South Africa 82.3
Bruges, Belgium 82.3
Vancouver, Canada 82.2
Kyoto, Japan 81.6
Krakow, Poland 81.3
Prague, Czech Republic 81.3
Sydney, Australia 81.2
Santa Fe, United States 81.2
Victoria, Canada 81.2
Beirut, Lebanon 81.0
Seville, Spain 81.0

Footnotes:

1. Based on a survey of more than 79,000 Condé Nast Traveler magazine readers

2. Each city was rated as excellent, very good, good, fair or poor on six criteria: ambience/atmosphere, friendliness, culture/sites, restaurants, lodging and shopping. Criterion scores, which represent the percentage of respondents rating a candidate as excellent or very good, were averaged to determine the final score; e.g. Sydney's 81.2 is the average of its scores across the six criteria.  

Source: Readers' Choice Awards 2013, Condé Nast Traveler magazine