The latest phase of the Restaurant Australia campaign – Tourism Australia’s recent hosting of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards – is already delivering results for tourism, leaving a lasting impression on the 250 international chefs and media who attended the official event program and enjoyed exceptional food and wine experiences across the country.
Australia was only the second destination outside of London to host The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Tourism Australia worked closely with event organisers William Reed Business Media on the official event program of 11 events, which ran from 1-8 April, as well as with host state Visit Victoria and all other State and Territory Organisations to deliver a hosted national family program.
Showcasing Australia’s outstanding food and wine culture, the events left a strong and lasting impression on the international audience of chefs, restaurateurs, winemakers, sommeliers and media, generating some positive results for tourism including:
The project has already generated over 4,000 media articles with an audience reach of 3.9 billion and an Equivalent Advertising Value of over $42million.Victorian restaurants saw immediate and significant results, with a 50% spike in restaurant bookings for the week of the event program.
Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP said: “The strong results and incredible industry feedback being received following The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards is proof as to why events like these are so crucial to promoting our world-class food and wine offerings on an international stage”.
“Australia is witnessing record international arrival and spend figures but it is vital that we continue to put a spotlight on our exceptional tourism assets to ensure we achieve our Tourism 2020 goals,” Minister Ciobo said.
Tourism Australia Managing Director John O’Sullivan said: “Hosting the prestigious awards in Melbourne, together with the Australia-wide program of events delivered the next exciting chapter in our ongoing Restaurant Australia story.”
“The World’s 50 Best Restaurants provided the perfect platform for Australia’s talented chefs, restaurateurs, producers and winemakers to demonstrate their culinary credentials and ensure this impressive gathering of influential food and wine figures left our country as lifelong advocates,” Mr O’Sullivan said.
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards Ceremony, the pinnacle event of the program, held at Melbourne’s historic Royal Exhibition Building, was the biggest ever with a record 958 guests in attendance. Rockpool Dining Group Culinary and Brand Director Neil Perry and team designed a menu showcasing the diversity of Australia’s produce. Tourism Australia hosted representatives from 48 restaurants, plus four special award winners, with over 250 media in attendance, including 130 from international outlets. Australian restaurants Attica and Brae featured on the list at #32 and #44 respectively.