Bi­ble spreads word on city

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS - JEREMY PIERCE TOURISM RE­PORTER

ONE of the world’s most revered travel bibles has named Bris­bane and the Whit­sun­days among the 19 hottest des­ti­na­tions on the planet.

Conde Nast Trav­eler, one of the most re­spected mag­a­zines in the tourism in­dus­try, has pub­lished a list of 19 des­ti­na­tions for trav­ellers to visit in 2019 that has Egypt, Ber­lin, Japan and Bhutan sit­ting on the list next to the Whit­sun­days and Bris­bane.

The pub­li­ca­tion en­cour­ages tourists to visit White­haven Beach and ex­pe­ri­ence the Great Bar­rier Reef while re­port­ing that Bris­bane has been on the rise due to its “su­per­cool city ho­tels”.

“It’s go­ing to be a big 2019 for Queens­land,” it said.

Tourism and Events Queens­land chief ex­ec­u­tive Leanne Cod­ding­ton said Bris­bane and the Whit­sun­days were world-class lo­ca­tions that per­fectly summed up the Queens­land way of life.

“The Whit­sun­days is a truly unique desti­na­tion where vis­i­tors can ex­pe­ri­ence the nat­u­ral won­der of the Great Bar­rier Reef as well as the pris­tine sands of White­haven and the quin­tes­sen­tial Queens­land spirit of those who live and play on the is­lands right across the re­gion,” she said.

“Bris­bane not only serves as the gate­way to the Whit­sun­days, but is a desti­na­tion in its own right boast­ing five-star ho­tels, a thriv­ing cul­tural scene, world-class events and amaz­ing food and wine.

“Be­ing named on Conde Nast’s list of must-see des­ti­na­tions for 2019 helps fur­ther our cause of at­tract­ing more in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors so they can find their per­fect next hol­i­day right here in Queens­land.”

In Oc­to­ber, Conde Nast named the Whit­sun­days as the best is­lands in the South Pa­cific, beat­ing out Bora Bora.

Brazil’s Raissa Ro­driguez said she was not sur­prised by Bris­bane’s new-found lofty sta­tus. “The peo­ple are kind and the city is or­gan­ised,” she said.

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