Surfers Paradise wins TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards

Surfers Paradise has been named a winner in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice™ awards for Destinations on the Rise for 2016, ranking among the top ten destinations in the South Pacific.

The awards recognise locations that have seen an increase in positive reviews and opinions on the TripAdvisor website, as well as search and booking interest.

Surfers Paradise Alliance CEO Mike Winlaw said this high profile international accolade was recognition of the hard work and dedication of the team at the Surfers Paradise Alliance and all Surfers Paradise traders who were at the forefront of delivering an unforgettable experience to more than 18 million annual visitors.


“We are thrilled so many visitors have shared their memorable experiences of Surfers Paradise with other travellers through the TripAdvisor website, so that others can learn all about the world-class accommodation and attractions we offer for international as well as interstate and drive market guests,” Mr Winlaw said.

“The Gold Coast is world famous for its stunning coastline and beautiful weather, but alongside its iconic beach, Surfers Paradise offers so much more, with an ever-increasing range of hotels, restaurants, shopping, events and attractions that has led to the region’s rising status as a high-quality experience for holiday makers.

“Throughout the year, visitors to Queensland’s largest entertainment precinct will find Surfers Paradise to be a thriving hub of free cultural activities, festivals and fun, with the Surfers Paradise Alliance offering a broad base of family-friendly major events which see the precinct activated for more than 300 days of the year as an energetic, vibrant entertainment hub during both peak and off-peak seasons,” he said.

TripAdvisor chief marketing officer Barbara Messing said Travellers’ Choice™ winners were among the top 1 per cent of destinations on the website and represented “the best of the best”.

“Our well-travelled community has helped us identify the destinations around the world that are gaining in interest and popularity,” Ms Messing said. “We hope these destinations inspire those planning their travel for 2016 to book trips to these locales that feature excellent hotels, restaurants and attractions, and also provide a great holiday value.”

Here is the list of the Top Ten Destinations on the Rise – South Pacific:

1. Brisbane, Australia
2. Queenstown, New Zealand
3. Auckland, New Zealand
4. Wellington, New Zealand
5. Hobart, Australia
6. Christchurch, New Zealand
7. Taupo, New Zealand
8. Margaret River, Australia
9. Broome, Australia
10. Brisbane, Australia

For all of the Travellers’ Choice award-winning Destinations on the Rise for 2016, go to