TIME magazine has today released its annual list of World’s Greatest Places – and nestled in the much-anticipated line-up is Australia’s Kangaroo Island and the city of Brisbane.
Nominations for the list are sought from TIME’s international network of correspondents and contributors, which are then vetted by the magazine’s editors.
“The list we selected reflects a couple big trends in travel right now: sustainability, and authenticity,” Emma Barker Bonomo, senior editor at TIME, told CNN Travel.
“Many locations on this list are finding ways to let tourists visit with a more limited environmental impact. And many have responded to travellers’ desire to have unique, local experiences by offering indigenous-led tours or curated home stays,” she said.
Brisbane Lord Mayor, Adrian Schrinner said TIME’s recognition of Brisbane was welcome but not a moment too soon.
“While this is a fantastic accolade for our city, it’s also about time!” Lord Mayor Schrinner said.
“Our residents already know Brisbane is the best place in the world to live and just keeps getting better.
“It’s no accident that Brisbane is the fastest growing capital city in the country with people from southern states recognising that our city’s incredible climate, lifestyle and liveability is second to none.
“We’re investing in fantastic projects like Victoria Park, Brisbane Metro and our green bridges to help make Brisbane even better.
“Precincts like Southbank and Howard Smith Wharves are world-class destinations while our suburbs are great places to live, work and relax.
“With the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games on the horizon, our city will grow rapidly as a destination for tourism and events.
“Time magazine’s acknowledgement is another example of the world recognising that Brisbane just keeps getting better.”