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.

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!” Cr Schrinner 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. With the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games on the horizon, our city will grow rapidly as a destination for tourism and events,” he said.

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. “There’s an infectious momentum behind Brisbane at the moment, creating a city alive with opportunity in every way,” Mr Ryan 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 per cent compared to 2021,” he said.

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.

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