The list of top cities is put together by Lonely Planet’s several hundred expert authors and editors who lock horns to determine the must see cities for the next year.
The Lonely Planet describes Hobart as ‘Harbour town becomes hip’ and awards the coveted accolade on the city due to the recent arrival of the world-class $180 million MONA museum and the burgeoning gastronomic scene as key drivers for the prestigious win.
In addition, the growing number of summer festivals including MONA FOMA as well as the increase in the numbers of micro-breweries and boutique restaurants as key drawcards for tourists.
Hobart was only one of three southern hemisphere cities making the top 10 and the only city from Australia.
Tourism Tasmania CEO Tony Mayell said “Hobart has flown under the radar for a while, so it’s pleasing to see the city finally getting the recognition it deserves.” He went on to say “This announcement provides another good reason for Australian and international visitors to come and experience the state now instead of putting it off until later.”
The Lonely Planet referenced that “Hobart’s allure has always been its natural beauty,” the book says. “But the recent arrival of the world-class MONA museum has the waters rippling, hip tourists flocking and Hobart rousing from its slumber.”
More interestingly given many Tasmanian’s desire to protect the state from over population and exploitation, the book said “Now is the time to discover what’s going on down there before the rest of the world catches on.”
Asia-Pacific Sales and Marketing Director for Lonely Planet, Chris Zeiher also suggested that “MONA is the beacon but other things are going on that makes it quite special. The TMAG (Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery) is getting a revamp and will be re-launched next year.
“It gives people a real reason to go there. It’s becoming a real hub for the arts scene.”
Increased flight numbers into the state of Tasmania will also assist travellers get to the island state and a better price and at a time and a greater selection of quality accommodation means there is something to suit all travel budgets.
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