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IFEA World Festival And Event City Award : IFEA World Festival And Event City Award
1.5 ACCESS SYDNEY Sydney International Airport is Australia’s leading aviation gateway, providing services to around 45 international airlines. The airport is approximately nine kilometres from the CBD with excellent public transport links. 1.4 HOTEL ROOmS Sydney is privileged to have some of the Asia Pacific’s best hotels. As at March 2011, the city is home to 31,500 rooms in three, four and five star categories5 and is currently expanding. The seasonal placement of festivals and events is an important consideration for Sydney to support tourism and hotel occupancy rates. 1.6 PARkINg AVAILAbILITY Sydney’s streets offer a range of parking facilities both free of charge and metered. For events and festivals, special parking is often put in place to accommodate the demand and management of pedestrians, public transport and increased traffic. The city’s public transport network consists of rail, bus, ferry, light rail, monorail, taxi and water taxi services. These services consistently continue to successfully support major national and international events and festivals through its organisation of increased operational logistics. The NSW Government actively promotes the use of public transport to and from events and festivals, crucially through government public messages and incorporating the price of public transport in the event ticket price. 5 Month ending March 2011, Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics – 8635.155001, Tourist Accommodation, Small Area Data, NSW. Including hotel, motel and serviced apartment rooms. 1.7 WALkINg PATHS AND CYCLEWAYS Sydney’s stunning climate is the perfect environment for walking, cycling and other outdoor activities. The city embraces a number of walking tracks around its harbour, with events such as the Seven Bridges Walk and Sculpture by the Sea. The City of Sydney is currently delivering Sustainable Sydney 2030, a commitment to a safe and sustainable 200 kilometre cycle network. The City also hosts the annual Spring Cycle each October, a recreational cycling event for thousands of cyclists of all ages and abilities to ride through some of the city’s most picturesque surroundings and landmarks. Images left to right: Dextro Energy 2011 Sydney ITU World Championship Series credit: Barry Alsop Wide Eyes Open Images; Sydney Festival Ferrython; credit: David Clare; Breakfast on the Bridge 2010 credit: David Clare; Dextro Energy 2011 Sydney ITU World Championship Series credit: Barry Alsop Wide Eyes Open Images 21 | IFEA WORLD FESTIVAL AND EVENT CITY AWARD |22