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Sydney smiles

Preeti Mehra

The Australian Tourist Commission (ATC) is thrilled. This year Sydney has been voted the world's best city by readers of US Travel and Leisure Magazine. In fact it has overtaken hot destinations such as New York, Paris and London.

Sydney, in fact, has reclaimed the title after two years and has held this title for five of the past seven years. That's not all. `Friendly Australia' no longer remains a slogan as Perth has been named as the World's Friendliest City, followed closely by Sydney.

"These awards are a proof that the appeal of Australia as a holiday destination extends well beyond our icons. All aspects of our country from the city lifestyle, natural attractions and friendly people have received accolades in the latest awards. However, the success of our industry depends on converting the interest into actual visitors Downunder,'' says Managing Director Ken Boudy. The reader survey, where Australia stands tall, aims to find out who is delivering the best travel in the world and readers have to vote on different aspects of their travel.

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