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Brisbane named in TIME magazines’s ‘2023’ World’s Greatest Places

The city’s latest visitation figures show domestic tourism has experienced significant growth & hotel occupancy is up almost 20%

One of the world’s most influential publishing powerhouses, TIME Magazine, has named Brisbane in its coveted ‘World’s Greatest Places of 2023’ list. 

TIME highlighted some of Brisbane’s leading urban experiences, including bustling premium dining and retail precinct James Street, and the highly anticipated Queen’s Wharf Brisbane; a new $3.6 billion entertainment and leisure destination nearing completion on Brisbane’s River edge. 

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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!” he 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.

The Calile Hotel James Street. Credit Visit Brisbane

“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.” 

Queensland’s capital city is being celebrated for its enviable sunny and outdoor lifestyle, thriving arts and culture scene, jam-packed calendar of major events, boutique shopping and luxury accommodation. 

Anthony Ryan, CEO of Brisbane Economic Development Agency (BEDA), said it’s no surprise that Brisbane is taking its rightful place as a global ‘must visit’ destination.

Emporium Hotel South-Bank. Image Credit Visit Brisbane

“There’s an infectious momentum behind Brisbane at the moment, creating a city alive with opportunity in every way,” he said.

Brisbane’s unique alfresco offering, thriving business community, and most importantly, its friendly people, are what makes the destination so appealing to visitors – both domestic and international. 

“The city’s latest visitation figures show domestic tourism has experienced significant growth post-pandemic, with hotel occupancy up almost 20 percent compared to 2021.” 

The magazine’s annual travel guide – curated from TIME’s editor and travel industry experts from around the world – lists 50 destinations, including countries, cities, towns, and national parks, that are offering visitors an extraordinary experience unlike any other. 

TIME’s 2023 World’s Greatest Places guide was published online and in print on Thursday 16 March 2023. 

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