March 17, 2023 | By Bronwen Largier

Nine years out from its moment in the global spotlight as the host of the Olympics and Paralympics in 2032, Brisbane’s reputation is already feeling the boost of its Olympic destiny, with TIME magazine selecting it as one of the greatest places in the world for 2023.

The $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf development – set to begin opening late this year – and the city’s James St precinct were pinpointed by TIME as reasons the city made the list, assets that also make Brisbane attractive as a business events destination.

“While this is a fantastic accolade for our city, it’s also about time!” said Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner.

“Our residents already know Brisbane is the best place in the world to live and just keeps getting better.

“It’s no accident that Brisbane is the fastest growing capital city in the country with people from southern states recognising that our city’s incredible climate, lifestyle and liveability is second to none.

“We’re investing in fantastic projects like Victoria Park, Brisbane Metro and our green bridges to help make Brisbane even better.

“Precincts like Southbank and Howard Smith Wharves are world-class destinations while our suburbs are great places to live, work and relax.

“With the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games on the horizon, our city will grow rapidly as a destination for tourism and events.

“Time magazine’s acknowledgement is another example of the world recognising that Brisbane just keeps getting better.”

CEO of Brisbane Economic Development Agency (BEDA) Anthony Ryan said Brisbane was taking its rightful place amongst the world’s best destinations.

“There’s an infectious momentum behind Brisbane at the moment, creating a city alive with opportunity in every way.

“Brisbane’s unique alfresco offering, thriving business community, and most importantly, its friendly people, are what makes the destination so appealing to visitors – both domestic and international.

“The city’s latest visitation figures show domestic tourism has experienced significant growth post-pandemic, with hotel occupancy up almost 20 per cent compared to 2021,” said Ryan.