THE WORLD’S largest coral reef system and Australia’s greatest natural wonder has made it to the top of the list in U.S. News and World Report’s World’s Best Places to Visit rankings for 2016.
Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef has ranked a favourite amongst travellers, leading all world destinations ahead of Paris in second and French Polynesia’s Bora Bora in third.
These rankings are based on expert opinion, user votes and current trends. As one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the site described the Reef as ‘holding a spot on every travellers’ bucket list’.
“Whether you’re gazing at marine life through a scuba mask, letting the tropical breeze unfurl your sail, or in a plane gliding high above it all, the possibilities for exploration are nearly limitless.”
Tourism and Events Queensland CEO, Leanne Coddington, said the Reef’s status as number one was a vote of confidence in its world-wide tourism appeal.
“The Great Barrier Reef is a living treasure and a major tourism drawcard for visitors to Queensland,” she said.
“It’s ours to protect and share, and this latest result reaffirms just how important the Reef is to Queensland’s tourism economy.”
The Great Barrier Reef welcomes more than 1.9m visitors each year and contributes up to $5.2b to the economy.