Melbourne once again holds on to its ‘ World’s Most Liveable City ’ title

Melbourne once again holds on to its ‘World’s Most Liveable City’ title

Canberra: Australian city Melbourne has once again held on to its crown as the most liveable city in the world, according to a global survey.
The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Survey looked at the livability criteria – healthcare, education, stability, culture, environment and infrastructure – of 140 cities before giving Melbourne the top gong on Aug 18, reported Xinhua news agency.
It is the fifth year in a row the Victorian state capital has out-matched international rivals in livability. Destination Melbourne Ltd, the city’s independent tourism organisation, congratulates city leaders for their role in Melbourne being named the ‘World’s Most Liveable City’ in the annual EIU Global Liveability Index for a fifth consecutive year.
Compared against 139 other cities from across the world, the EIU Liveability Ranking assigns a rating across five broad categories, including: stability; culture and environment; education; healthcare; and infrastructure.
Melbourne is the first city in the survey’s history to take the coveted first place five years in a row. With a score of 97.5 out of 100, Melbourne won over other world-leading cities Vienna (2nd) and Vancouver (3rd).
Sarah Seddon, Chair of the Destination Melbourne Ltd board, recognises the flow-on effects for Melbourne’s tourism industry after achieving this unprecedented result. “Being named the world’s most liveable city again is sure to impact positively on Melbourne’s visitor numbers which is great news for the visitor economy,” Ms Seddon said.
“The attention our city will receive due to this result will continue to cement Melbourne, with its cultural attractions, world class events and festivals, and myriad of dining and entertainment options, as a must-visit destination for people from all around the world.
“Melburnians know what it’s like to live in this city and we’re immensely proud of it. This result, however, will continue to make our city a highly-regarded destination of choice not only for tourists, but also for lucrative large-scale events and international conferences.”