The annual Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Liveability Report 2017 has named Melbourne the World’s Most Liveable City for the 7th Consecutive Year, after measuring living conditions in 140 countries across five overarching criteria of stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.
Melbourne achieved a perfect score for healthcare, education and infrastructure, and overall the highest score combined of 97.5 out of 100, pipping Vienna, Austria to the top position by just 0.1 per cent, while Sydney dropped out of the Top Ten to #11, with the report saying “Sydney in Australia is another city that has seen a decline in its ranking, reflecting growing concerns over possible terror attacks in the past three years.”
1. Melbourne, Australia
2. Vienna, Austria
3. Vancouver, Canada
4. Toronto, Canada
5. Calgary, Canada
6. Adelaide, Australia
7. Perth, Australia
8. Auckland, New Zealand
9. Helsinki, Finland
10. Hamburg, Germany
Chief Executive Officer of Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB), Karen Bolinger, said to receive the accolade seven years in a row is a great achievement for the city and recognises the attributes that help MCB secure business events for the state.
“The World’s Most Liveable City award highlights that Melbourne is an exciting, intelligent and welcoming city, and reinforces the city’s position as a leading destination for conferences and meetings.
“The city has an outstanding track record of hosting some of the world’s largest and most prestigious international conferences, which would not be possible without our modern infrastructure, accessibility, convenience and thriving culture.
“I’m not being biased, but as a business events destination Melbourne truly does have it all!”