Down Under on top at Skyscanner

Australia popular with Skyscanner users

Skyscanner users have voted Australia the place they would most like to visit if money were no object.

The Skyscanner Travel Awards, which comprise the opinions of more than 600 travellers collected by the flights comparison website Skyscanner.net, also ranked Australia as the most popular place to live abroad, as well as having the friendliest locals.

“Australia’s weird and wonderful wildlife, diverse experiences, friendly locals and laidback lifestyle attract visitors from all over the world,” Tourism Australia UK/Europe general manager Rodney Harrex said.

“2011 has got off to a strong start in terms of arrivals and we look forward to welcoming many more holidaymakers over the coming months.”

Italy was one of the award’s big winners, taking home the Most Romantic, Best Food and Best Culture awards.

“Italy is a very popular destination for British tourists and it’s great to see Italy being recognised for what it can offer; excellent cuisine, romantic cities and a host of great cultural attractions,” Skyscanner Italian country expert Yara Paoli said.

Spain was voted best for nightlife and most family friendly destination, while the Caribbean won awards for most spectacular beaches and most relaxing destination.

France, home to some of the world’s most famous museums, art galleries and Michelin-starred restaurants, finished without a single gong.

Skyscanner 2011 Travel Awards Winners
If money was no object, where would you most like to go? Australia
Runners Up: New Zealand, Caribbean
Most Romantic: Italy Runners Up: France, Caribbean
Most Beautiful: New Zealand Runners Up: Italy, Australia
Most Spectacular Beaches: Caribbean Runners Up: Australia, Thailand
Most Relaxing Destination: Caribbean Runners Up: Thailand, Greece
Most Family Friendly: Spain Runners Up: USA, Australia
Friendliest Locals: USA and Australia Runner Up: Ireland
Best Food: Italy Runners Up: France, Thailand
Best Nightlife: Spain Runners Up: UK, USA
Best Culture: Italy Runners Up: UK, Japan
Best for Business: USA Runners Up: UK, Germany
If you had to live abroad, where would you go?: Australia
Runners Up: USA, Spain

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H
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