An Aussie city has been ranked the second most popular destination for travelers in 2023 from a study of Airbnb data.

The study found that Sydney in NSW was on track to be the second-highest trending travel spot for travel in 2023, behind Malaga, Spain, which took out the top spot.

And, two other Australian cities ranked in the top ten for AirBnB’s trending 2023 travel spots. Melbourne, Victoria came in just after Sydney in third place, and Perth, WA took out number nine. Interestingly, Sydney retained it’s second place slot from last year, but Melbourne jumped from eighth place up to fifth place since 2022.

“The reopening of the largest inbound travel market in the world also unlocked pent-up demand from international travelers eager to reconnect with loved ones or visit their favorite stateside destinations once more,” AirBnB said about the rankings.

From studying the booking data, the travel company found that travelers in 2022  “found themselves sitting poolside or catching rays on a sandy beach” and added that TropicalBeachfrontSurf Spot and Lake Houses were also popular.

The AirBnb rankings are another win for the city of Sydney, which was awarded eighth place in American Express’s best tourist destinations in the world for this 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.

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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.

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