Profiled by Forbes.com last week the list ranks the best global places to visit with Waikato sitting alongside destination juggernauts such as Bali, Dubrovnik and Tokyo.
Jason Dawson, Chief Executive of Hamilton & Waikato Tourism said being listed alongside some simply incredible global destinations really pays tribute to the amazing visitor attractions and landscapes the Waikato has.
“We’re very proud that the region has been selected and it is fantastic to see the Waikato being profiled as an exciting destination to visit by such a renowned global media company. The reach of Forbes is internationally significant, and this coverage will help to spread the good word about the mighty Waikato even further’ he says.
Big 7 Travel surveyed its 1.5 million-strong social audience in order to determine the best bucket list places around the world.
In the list of the top 50, Waikato came in at number 17, below Jaipur, India and above Havana, Cuba and was the only New Zealand destination to be included.
“Waikato’s inclusion highlights our region’s iconic and emerging places and attractions, and reinforces we are a ‘must-do’ on international travellers’ itineraries when visiting New Zealand” Mr Dawson says. The Waikato region is popular with international travellers, placing 5th in the country for annual international visitor expenditure behind Auckland, Queenstown Christchurch and Wellington.