Somerset towns are top

Toogoolawah is a finalist in QTIC’s Top Tiny Tourism Town award, pictured: Sue White at Toogoolawah. Pictures: EXPERIENCE SOMERSET

Toogoolawah and Kilcoy are finalists in this year’s Queensland Tourism Industry Council’s (QTIC) Top Tourism Town Awards.

The two Somerset towns were awarded the finalist positions after an extensive judging process by a panel of tourism experts.

Presented by the QTIC, the annual awards recognise outstanding regional destinations and honour communities that demonstrate a commitment to visitor excellence.

Somerset Regional Council Mayor and Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Committee chair Jason Wendt was pleased that both Kilcoy (Top Small Tourism Town Finalist) and Toogoolawah (Top Tiny Tourism Town Finalist) were recognised.

“To be recognised as finalists among such esteemed competition is a great honour,” Cr Wendt said.

“Our small Somerset towns are the heartbeat of our region and the QTIC Awards are an excellent opportunity to showcase them to the tourism industry.”

Cr Wendt thanked Somerset tourism business owners for their contributions to the towns.

“These results are testament to the wonderful work of our Somerset tourism business owners who work tirelessly to produce an array of high-quality experiences and exceptional services to our visitors,” he said.

Winners will be announced in June at an awards ceremony held in Brisbane.

Winners will then go on to represent Queensland at the national awards held later in the year, where they have the chance to be crowned one of Australia’s Top Tourism Towns.

Voting is open now and closes 17 May.

Cast your vote for Kilcoy and Toogoolawah at qtic.com.au/top-tourism-award/top-town-voting/