Sydney wins number of international tourism awards in 2011
Big tourism awards year for Sydney
NSW Tourism Minister George Souris says it's been a successful year for the state, with domestic and international visitors spending almost $20 billion.
Mr Souris says the latest statistics show that, over the past year, the state's 24 million domestic visitors spent almost $13 billion.
International visitors contributed $6.5 billion to the NSW economy.
Advertisement: Story continues below Mr Souris said that Sydney had won a number of international tourism awards in 2011.
These included being voted the world's number one city in the Conde Nast Traveler readers' choice awards in October, beating Florence, Paris and New York.
Online accommodation website wotif.com nominated Sydney as Australia's favourite destination, and NSW destinations such as Newcastle, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and Byron Bay also featured in the top 20.
Sydney had also been given the thumbs-up as one of the World's Best Summer Cities by global travel guide Lonely Planet's 700,000 Facebook and Twitter fans, Mr Souris said.
He added that the city's popularity as a destination had been confirmed last weekend when the Sydney Facebook page amassed more than 100,000 fans.