From the feel of a cool sea breeze to the smell of freshly baked bread and taste of bagels, luxury accommodation group InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has revealed the most essential multi-sensory experiences tourists can enjoy - like a local - in seven major cities around the world, including Sydney.
The experiences, coined Icons 2020, were nominated through an online public vote and then ranked by a panel of travel experts as additions to conventional tourist destinations.
The top InterContinental ICons in each city are:
Sydney – The cool breeze on your face on the Manly to Circular Quay ferry
Paris – Smell of oven-fresh bread from the boulangeries of Oberkampf
London – The contrast of old and new architecture on the ever-changing London skyline
New York – Fresh bagels at a West Village bagel shop
Dubai – Tasting the many unique flavours of Karak Chai along Jumeirah Beach Road
Mexico City – The smoky flavour of tacos al pastor
Shanghai – The sound of old songs played on a vinyl record player
The other top ICons to experience in Sydney were revealed as:
- The Sydney skyline viewed from a rooftop in Five Ways Paddington
- The smell of sunblock and a barbeque cooking up on the North Bondi grassy knoll
- Fish and chips enjoyed barefoot at Kutti Beach
- The sun on your shoulders on the Hermitage Foreshore walk while you soak up the best views over Sydney Harbour
“Getting on board one of Sydney’s ferries is a unique way to reach your destination,” Sydney local artist and ICons judge Dina Broadhurst said.
“The Manly to Circular Quay ferry is a must-do as it’s a way to see Sydney’s harbour, beaches and city skyline all in the one trip.”
The list of ICons was revealed after an independent InterContinental-commissioned study found that most locals (59%) felt visitors missed the “true spirit” of a place whilst visiting, despite three quarters (75%) of luxury travellers wanting to experience destinations as locals.
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