The Bundaberg Region has been named as one of seven finalists from across Queensland for the Top Tourism Town Award.
The 2022 Queensland Top Tourism Town Awards have three categories, Top Tiny Tourism Town (population below 1500), Top Small Tourism Town (population 1500 – 5000) and Top Tourism Town (population over 5000).
Presented by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC), the Awards program recognises and celebrates Queensland’s outstanding regional destinations, honouring communities across the state which demonstrate a commitment to visitor excellence.
This year's finalists in the Top Tourism Town category are:
- Charters Towers
- Tamborine Mountain
After an exhaustive judging process by an expert panel, QTIC CEO Brett Fraser said that the Top Tourism Town Award winners would now be decided by the public.
“From a shortlist of 23 exceptional destinations, we’re calling on the public to have their say and to share with us their best-loved Queensland towns,” he said.
“All of the finalists offer guests amazing visitor experiences.
“The awards provide the chance to shine the spotlight on our state’s best towns and to honour their resilience and dedication to tourism after the challenges of past three years.
“Congratulations to all the inspiring finalists, who have demonstrated that you don’t have to travel far in Queensland to discover incredible and diverse experiences.”
With the public called on to vote for Queensland’s top tourism towns, every voter will have the chance to experience the state’s best destinations when they go in the draw to win a $2000 Apollo motorhome holiday.
Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe also congratulated Queensland’s Top Tourism Town finalists.
“The key to being a Top Tourism Town is the team commitment of tourism operators and their communities to excellence”, Mr Hinchliffe said.
“Successful tourism towns understand the significance of businesses working together to make holidaymakers feel welcome and being agile to respond to changing visitor expectations.
“This is a terrific opportunity for Queenslanders who’ve enjoyed an exceptional visitor experience to put their favourite Top Tourism Towns on the road to national and international acclaim”.
Vote for Top Tourism Town
Public voting is now open and will close on Monday 23 May.
Queensland’s top tourism destinations will be announced on 13 June at an awards ceremony in Brisbane.
All Queensland Award winners will gain automatic entry to the national Top Tourism Town Awards held later in the year, where they will have the chance to be crowned the best holiday destinations in Australia.