As the world opens back up and tourists head off-shore, an Aussie city has made the cut for the top 10 tourist destinations in the world. 

As the world opens back up and travel restrictions ease up, an Aussie city has made the cut for the most attractive destinations to travel to in 2023. A study conducted by American Express Travel put Sydney, Australia eighth on its list of the best tourist destinations in the world for next year. 

The report, titled 2023 Trending Destinations, was compiled using global data on travel reservations by American Express Card Members between 2019 to 2022. Sydney was the only Australian city to make the list. 

Sydney has also been a popular favourite for other travel lists for next year. The city also featured on Lonely Planet’s list of the Best Destinations to connect, that is, offering a melting pot of ‘both culture and community’.

“From hosting one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world to its new Indigenous tours over the bridge, return to Sydney and see it from a new perspective,” said the list.

Sydney, however, isn’t the only city doing the rounds when it comes to tourist favourites. A recent study conducted by UK firm William Russell named Melbourne as the most friendly city in the world

The report looked at factors such as resident happiness, safety, LGBT+ inclusivity, top attractions, and the highest rated hotels to give each city a score out of 10. With a score of 6.06, Melbourne topped the list. 

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“We looked at data from city residents’ quality of life in Melbourne, and the city scored an impressive 7.296 out of 10. Melbourne’s top attraction, according to Yelp, is the Queen Victoria Market, with 237 reviews. Out of these reviews, 0.42% agreed that the market was friendly and welcoming.” the report said of the ‘capital of cool’.

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