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IFEA World Festival And Event City Award : IFEA World Festival And Event City Award
With a cosmopolitan and diverse population, Sydney is a vibrant, dynamic and accessible city. Image: Sydney Chinese New Year; City of Sydney 1.1 SYDNEY AS A mETROPOLITAN CITY Sydney is the capital city of New South Wales (NSW), Australia’s largest State and home to one- third of the country’s population. With a cosmopolitan and diverse population, Sydney is a vibrant, dynamic and accessible city. An international centre for commerce, arts, fashion, culture, entertainment, music, education and tourism makes it one of GaWC’s Alpha + world cities. Sydney is one of the world’s best-known city brands, boasting renowned attractions and international icons and the prime economic driver of the Australian economy. Aside from attracting Sydneysiders and visitors from interstate to festivals and events, Sydney is also Australia’s face to the world, boasting seven of Australia’s top ten most popular international visitor attractions including Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Sydney Metropolitan Area, classified as the Sydney Statistical Division by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), covers 12,137km2. The city lies at the heart of the economic center of Sydney and includes the metropolitan Central Business District (CBD) and CBD fringe areas. As of June 2010, Sydney’s Statistical Division had an estimated resident population of 4,575,500 and a city population of 182,226 over a 27km2 area3. 3Year ending June 2010, Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics -3218.0, Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009-2010 15 | IFEA WORLD FESTIVAL AND EVENT CITY AWARD |16