[shows Hobart] as a place where people could have three or four days away and have a really fun time,” he said.
Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania chief executive Luke Martin said Tasmania was “flavour of the month” in the global travel scene. “This kind of renaissance we’ve got in Tassie at the moment, we need to make sure we have the resources to capitalise on that,” he said.
Tourism Minister Scott Bacon said the listing in Lonely Planet was “the sort of exposure money cannot buy”.
“It’s great publicity for some of our world-class tourism experiences, our fine dining and events like Ten Days on the Island and the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race,” he said. “The inclusion of the Walls of Jerusalem in the guide’s ‘Great Wall Walks’ is further proof that our wilderness experiences rank among the best in the world.”
Mr Bacon said the Taste of Tasmania summer food festival had also been included in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel planner for next year.
He urged tourism and hospitality operators to capitalise on the exposure. In 2011, Newcastle was the only Australian city in the Top 10.
Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities
1. San Francisco, USA
2. Amsterdam, Netherlands
3. Hyderabad, India
4. Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland
5. Beijing, China
6. Christchurch, New Zealand
7. Hobart, Australia
8. Montreal, Canada
9. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
10. Puerto Iguazaacú, Argentina
Hobart is the only Australian city listed in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel guide for 2013.
And to quote from Lonely Planet itself:
When the world’s most trusted travel publisher ranks Hobart in the top 10 cities you know it’s for a very good reason. In fact there are many reasons why they’re saying “now is the time to discover what’s going on down there before the rest of the world catches on” – Lonely Planet 2013.
Nestled at the foot of the majestic Mount Wellington on the banks of the Derwent River this eclectic haven lays claim to a rich cultural scene, coming to life every Saturday at the famous Salamanca Market. From the mountain peak you can see the whole city laid out with a view across the Tasman Sea to the wild South West World Heritage Area. This only whets the appetite for the adventure ahead.
Once a sleepy seaside town, Hobart has awoken to an array of vibrant pubs, bars and exhibitions, including MONA and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery’s collaboration ‘Theatre of the World’ exploring 4000 years of creativity. Dig even deeper and you’ll find a colonial heritage with a dark and sinister history that’s begging to be explored.
Then of course Hobart’s “culinary credentials continue to rise” thanks largely to its natural produce, award winning chefs and restaurants such as Garagistes and Ethos Eat Drink – try chef Iain Todd’s legendary tapas washed down with his hand made beer and you’ll understand why. Now you can see why this humble little town is gaining international acclaim, so hurry up and pop over before the rest of the world does.
Read Ten reasons to come to Hobart before the rest of the world catches on.
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