With 20,000 votes already in, residents are being reminded to get involved in the Top Tourism Town Awards to help put the Bundaberg Region on the map.
The 2021 Top Tourism Town awards aim to recognise Queensland’s diverse and outstanding destinations.
The Bundaberg Region has been announced as a finalist in the awards, with 37 towns in the running from across the state.
Mayor Jack Dempsey welcomed the initiative that will help to showcase all the great places and faces that make up the Bundaberg Region.
With 70% of judging weighting on the public votes, it is vital to get votes in before they close on Monday 26 April.
Queensland Industry Tourism Council Chief Executive, Daniel Gschwind, explained that the award acknowledges a community with heart and purpose, that is evolving into a sought-after destination.
“Local pride and a cooperative community are vital ingredients for an attractive destination, with this award recognising the community as one with a heart and purpose to become a destination that people want to visit,” Mr Gschwind said.
With the recent events of COVID, he further acknowledged that winning this award will help to support both local tourism providers and small businesses as they both ‘rise with the tourism tide’.
“Now is the time to shine as a regional destination and share the story of Bundaberg with Australian travellers,” Mr Gschwind said.
“While domestic travel retains the spotlight, local tourism operators and small business owners have a new group of potential customers ready to spend their travel and holiday budgets right here.”
The winner of the Top Tourism Town Award (population over 5000) will receive a $25,000 Strategic Consulting and Capacity Building Package provided by EarthCheck.
Is successful, this would provide the Bundaberg Region with assistance to work more effectively towards building a sustainable tourism future by enhancing local experiences with world-leading knowledge.
To vote, go to the Queensland Tourism Industry Council website here.
Large Top Tourism Towns
• Tambourine Mountain