Wednesday, October 21, 2009

World's Top Cities are Gay Meccas

Sydney has been ranked the world's number one city for the eighth consecutive year by one of the world's most prestigious travel magazine.

The Harbour City beat Melbourne in the annual Conde Nast Traveller Reader's Choice. (Vancouver was the number one city in The Americas.*)

NSW Tourism Minister Jodi McKay said the ranking was a fantastic endorsement by the travel-savvy readers. "Visitors obviously enjoyed the very best of Sydney including our laid-back lifestyle, our iconic attractions and the beauty of our natural environment,” she said. Sydney received close to 2.6 million international overnight visitors in the last financial year.

From another source, here’s the flip side.

Vancouver has taken the title as the World’s Most Liveable City (Economist Intelligence report). Australia garnered three of the top 10 cities: Melbourne (2nd), Perth (5th) and Sydney (9th) .

Photo of Vancouver Pride 2009.

Not to brag, but Rainbow Tourism and Peacock Tourism Marketing have virtual offices in Sydney and Vancouver, so that should qualify us as smart cookies. So are all the gay and lesbians who live in those cities or visit them.

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