The New York Times says, “Go to Perth!”

The New York Times puts Perth on 52 Places to Go in 2019 list

The New York Times has put Perth on its list of 52 Places to Go in 2019.

The US newspaper lists Perth 43rd on the list and says a decade-long development boom has reinvigorated the city. It cites Yagan Square, Optus Stadium and the Raine Square redevelopment as attractions to lure visitors.

“A decade-long development boom has supercharged Perth, a city long best known for its isolation on Australia’s western coast,” reporter Kelly Dinardo wrote.

“To accommodate the expected growth in tourism, 31 new or redeveloped hotels have opened in the last five years, including the luxury COMO, the hip QT and a Westin.”

The article also spruiks the Qantas non-stop flight from London and points out how liquor law reforms have created a small bar boom in the CBD.

“Anchored by Byron Bay – with its lighthouse marking Australia’s easternmost point – the area has become a beacon for those seeking a breezy boho way of life,” reporter Besha Rodell wrote.

Perth has been making waves in the international travel scene in recent years. In late 2017, travel bible Lonely Planet named Maylands one of the coolest suburbs in Australia.

Perth-based contributor to Lonely Planet, Fleur Bainger, put it on the map for travellers. In the guide, she describes it as the “once-shady suburb (which) has evolved into a buzzing community hub with a gritty, yet artisanal edge.”

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The same year, Perth eateries Nobu and Friends Restaurant were mentioned in travel website TripAdvisor’s awards for best fine dining venues.

While also mentioned in the New York Times’ travel spiel, COMO The Treasury was also the only Australian hotel to make the top 50 in the 2017 Conde Nast Traveller readers’ choice awards.