Great Barrier Reef Ranked Number 1 as World’s Best Place to Visit

Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef in Queensland with the world’s largest coral reef system has been rated as the best place to visit in the world. The ranking was carried by the U.S. News & World Report’s World’s Best Places to Visit for 2016-17.

Tourism and Events Queensland’s (TEQ) International Director Leigh Arredondo comments on the award that, “The Great Barrier Reef is a living treasure and a major tourism drawcard for visitors to Queensland. It is an unrivalled experience that tens of thousands of people are enjoying every day, drawing more than 1.9 million visitors each year. 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 is the world’s largest living organism, stretching 1,430 miles and includes over 3,000 reef systems. The diverse eco system is home to huge amount of wildlife and is a mecca for sailing, diving and snorkelling enthusiasts.