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Tourism chief debunks hotel rankings snub

Tourism and Transport Forum CEO John Lee has dismissed the lack of Australian hotels on a list of the world's best hotels.
19 April 2012
Prestigious magazine Condé Nast Traveller recently released its 16th annual 'Hot List' in which 121 properties across 49 countries were ranked by service, food and surroundings, yet no Australian hotel made the cut.

Mr Lee said the magazine's ranks confirmed that Australia needed further inspiration to ensure Australia could compete with its international rivals, but that Australia had opened several more world class hotels in the last year, when three Australian hotels made the rankings.

"The Condé Nast list shows that competition in the tourism industry is fierce and that operators around the world are making significant investments in new accommodation products," said Mr Lee.

"Since [last year's rankings], we've seen the opening of The Darling in Sydney, the city's newest five star hotel, offering contemporary luxury in glamorous style. The recently reopened Park Hyatt brings a new level of indulgence to a world-class property in an unrivalled location."

Mr Lee also said more world class hotels were in the works, including a proposal for an iconic six-star hotel in Sydney.

"TTF is also still pushing for a landmark hotel at Barangaroo, a building that really makes a statement about Sydney as a global city, a hotel which would become a destination in its own right."

Taking advantage of new world class hotels in Australia is easy, you'll need an Australian Travel Visa. The most popular of these is the ETA Visa, because it can be easily and quickly applied for online.