Sydney has been named Australasia’s leading tourism destination in the prestigious World Travel Awards.
NSW tourism minister Adam Marshall said he was “delighted” the city had been named the top-ranked destination among a strong field of regional contenders.
“In the year ending March 2018 Sydney again achieved its highest volume of international visitors, nights and expenditure on record exceeding the four million international visitor mark for the first time,” he said.
“There’s so much more to our great city than our iconic Harbour Bridge and stunning Opera House, and visitors are seeing that for themselves.”
And while the city was celebrated, one of its landmark hotels, Sheraton on the Park, was also a big winner.The Elizabeth Street property, which overlooks Hyde Park, was awarded Australasia’s Leading Hotel and its Royal Suite was named Australia’s Leading Hotel Suite at the gala awards event held in Hong Kong last week.
The recognition follows Sheraton on the Park being named Redeveloped/Refurbished Hotel of the Year at the 2018 Tourism Accommodation Australia NSW Awards for Excellence in July.
“We are truly honoured by this prestigious award,” said David Fraser, general manager.
“The team has worked diligently to establish Sheraton on the Park as the premier luxury hotel in Sydney and these awards are the result of their tremendous work.”
The hotel has just unveiled a multi-million-dollar renovation of its events floor and recently completed a $45 million refurbishment of its 558 guest rooms, suites, bars and executive club lounge.
Established in 1993, the awards celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry and are voted for by industry professionals and guests. Regional winners will compete for the title of ‘world’s best’ at a grand final ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal in November.