Newcastle named one of world’s top ten cities

The city is ranked ninth in the company’s “Best in Travel 2011”, published today.

It’s been recognised for its beaches, education facilities and tourism destinations.

Tourism Hunter’s Executive Manager, Sheridan Ferrier says Newcastle’s inclusion is highly significant.

“Oh look this is just wonderful news,” she said.

“It’s every tourism destination’s dream to be regarded so highly in Lonely Planet and to be in that top 10 is certainly an honour.”

“I think it is testament to the range of experiences that we have to offer in Newcastle and is certainly attributed to our lifestyle as well.”

It comes at a time when speculation is mounting that talk show host Oprah Winfrey will visit the Hunter, with scouts requesting information on local wines and potential destinations.

Soccer superstar, David Beckham’s LA Galaxy side is also due to play the Newcastle Jets later this month.

Ms Ferrier says the Lonely Planet listing is another coup.

“I guess I would put this along the same lines as the visit with LA Galaxy or even you know the potential visit from Oprah,” she said.

“It is something that you cannot pay for and as I said it is every tourism destination’s dream to be listed in Lonely Plant because of the potential of the tourists it can attract to a region”

Newcastle Lord Mayor, John Tate says the city deserves its place in the international travel guide.

“It’s really good news and it shows the working relationship between Newcastle Council and the University,” he said.

“One of the things we’ve tried to do as a Council is encourage the overseas students to be welcomed.”

“We work very hard at that and it demonstrates that there is an international flavour about Newcastle.”

ABC News