Voting has opened for Queensland’s top tourism towns and three from the Moreton Bay Region have made the finals. It’s now up to residents and visitors to do their bit to make sure they win. Here’s what you need to do.
The finalists for Queensland’s Top Tourism Towns have been announced in two categories – Top Tourism Town (population more than 5000) and Small Tourism Town (population less than 5000).
There are 37 towns in the running for the awards hosted by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC), recognising and celebrating towns that offer an amazing visitor experience.
Bribie Island and Redcliffe are finalists in the Large Top Tourism Towns category and Woodford in the Small Top Tourism Towns category.
QTIC Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind says the awards showcase the great and diverse destinations in Queensland.
“With the current focus on domestic tourism, now is the time to draw attention to our regional destinations and to put the spotlight on our tourism operators and communities who keep our regions thriving,” Mr Gschwind says.
“We are thrilled with the response from towns from across Queensland who have entered the awards, with 37 fantastic nominations.
“We have towns from as far north as Mareeba, to the coast of Rainbow Beach and out West to Longreach which shows the amazingly diverse tourism landscape we have right here in our backyard.”
Want to see the local entries? Head to the website.
The winners will now be decided by the public, with voting now open until April 26.
Members of the public can cast their vote for their favourite tourism town and go into the running to win a $2000 Apollo Motorhome travel package, so they can visit some of the amazing destinations in Queensland.
“It is now up to the public to tell us who they think should be crowned the Top Tourism Town of Queensland which is a challenging task with so many worthy contenders,” Mr Gschwind says.
“We call on everybody to cast their vote and show their support for our domestic tourism industry which plays such an important role in communities throughout the state. It has been a tough COVID-year, now it is time to celebrate the impressive travel opportunities we have in Queensland.”
The winner of the Top Tourism Town Award (population more than 5000) will receive a $25,000 Strategic Consulting and Capacity Building Package provided by EarthCheck and the winner of the Top Small Tourism Town Award (population less than 5000) will receive a $7,500 Tourism Consultancy and Development Package provided by The Tourism Group.
Moreton Bay Region Mayor Peter Flannery says he expects the local entries to come out on top.
“The resurgence we’ve seen in tourism, especially drive tourism, is thanks to the hospitality of locals as much as it is our proximity to Brisbane,” he says.
“Away from the bright lights of bigger destinations, towns like Bribie and Woodford and Redcliffe offer an authentic Australian experience.
“Whether it’s an island escape to Bribie without the hassle of needing a boat, the nostalgic seaside vibes of Redcliffe, or the rustic country charms of Woodford - every corner of our region is full of character and feels a world away from the city.
“A visit to Moreton Bay Region is more than just a day out, it’s an investment in quality family time and I think that’s why people come back again and again and again.”
Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism Chairman Shane Newcombe is calling on the region to back a local by voting for the three towns from the Moreton Bay Region.
“We all know how unique these places are and the special tourism experiences on offer. This is our chance to tell, not only everyone in Queensland, but tourists across Australia and beyond,” Mr Newcombe says.
“Voting in the awards is also a chance to show the region’s tourism providers some love in what continues to be a challenging time. Let’s tell them how great they are and what an outstanding job they’re doing.”
Vote for your town via the QTIC website to show your support and to go in the running to win a $2000 Apollo Motorhome holiday.
Voting is open now until April 26. The public vote will make up 70 per cent of the score for each town.
To find out more, visit the website
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