For the third year running, Melbourne has emerged as the best city in the world to live in, according to the latest Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Liveability Survey released last week.
The EIU’s Liveability Ranking Survey forms part of the Worldwide Cost of Living Survey and assesses living conditions in 140 cities worldwide by assigning a rating across five broad categories; namely stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.
Melbourne scored highly in all of the EIU’s criteria and achieves perfect scores in the areas of healthcare, education and infrastructure. Ongoing investment in Melbourne’s world-class infrastructure was highlighted in the report as one of Melbourne’s key strengths.
Victorian Commissioner to South East Asia Tim Dillon (pic) said that Melbourne’s vibrant cultural, sporting and entertainment mix is matched by first class healthcare and education.
“What’s more, our business environment is one of the most stable and productive in the world,” Commissioner Dillon told Business Circle, adding that bilateral trade between Malaysia and Australia’s state of Victoria has been brought to a whole new level with the Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement (MAFTA) coming into effect on 1st January this year.
Melbourne sits at the summit of the EIU’s Global Liveability Survey followed by Vienna and Vancouver.
Melbourne’s constant reinvention of itself with new innovative buildings rising as quickly as new food trucks and restaurants appear is referenced by the report. It cites that “the intelligent charm of Melbourne is being matched by clever city-wide ideas” as it commends the significant investment in infrastructure and cycle-ways.
A few weeks ago, the Tune Hotels group owned by Tan Sri Tony Fernandes announced its plans to launch the Tune Hotel Melbourne in November this year.
(Tune Hotel’s sister company, Air Asia X, also runs nine direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne each week, promoting visitation and linkages between Malaysia and Victoria.)
“The Melbourne Tune Hotel will give visitors to this wonderful city a truly compelling accommodation alternative,” Tan Sri Fernandes said during Victorian Premier Dr Denis Napthine’s recent visit to Kuala Lumpur.
Dr Napthine who was spearheading a Super Trade Mission to Malaysia had called on Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak earlier that day (pic).
Dr Napthine said that the strong air connections arising from AirAsia X services between Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne was great news for Victoria: “Approximately 40,000 Malaysians live in Victoria, almost 8,000 students study in our state’s world-class universities and more than 90,000 Malaysians visit Victoria each year,” Dr Napthine said.
“These services will further enhance our links with Malaysia and provide a greater incentive for consumers across the region to visit Victoria and experience our liveability, our impressive major events calendar and our culturally diverse community.”
Melbourne is well-known for its high quality of life, with its vibrant multicultural community, renowned arts scene and world famous food and wine, as well as Australia’s best shopping and leisure opportunities.
What’s more, there are many restaurants, cafes and retail shops around Melbourne that serve or sell halal food. Muslim visitors to Melbourne are delighted to find a large concentration of halal establishments particularly along Sydney Road, Brunswick and throughout the city.
Adding to this vibrant lifestyle, Melbourne is home to some of the world’s most prestigious cultural and sporting events – consistently being ranked as one of the world’s ‘Ultimate Sporting cities’ in the biennial SportBusiness awards.