Iconic local Jeremy Marou fronts Capricorn Enterprise’s 2022 Top Tourism Town entry

Voting has commenced for Queensland Tourism Industry Council’s 2022 Top Tourism Town Awards and Capricorn Enterprise is calling on the local community to vote for Yeppoon as their favourite town.

Falling just shy of first place to Noosa in 2021, Capricorn Enterprise, together with the Capricorn Coast Visitor Information Centre is determined to nab the trophy for Yeppoon this year, even bringing in some strong and popular artillery to win the nod of the judging panel and voting community.

Citing our destination with poetry and bearing his trademark grin, Jeremy Marou jumped at the chance to showcase his diverse backyard.

“I am proud to support the Capricorn Coast through the Top Tourism Town Awards and it has been fantastic to work with Capricorn Enterprise to bring this promotion together,” Jeremy said.

“I’m definitely an outdoor enthusiast and I love the fact that we have so many locations and attractions across our destination to explore, so I am more than happy to help Yeppoon in bringing home the glory this year.”

Following the preparation of an enticing summary, itinerary, image gallery and promotional video, Capricorn Enterprise received notification this week that their submission for Yeppoon had made it through the initial judging period to join a powerful list of finalists.

After being formally judged by a panel of QTIC representatives, entries were narrowed down to 7 finalists in the Top Tourism Town category, 6 finalists in the Small Tourism Town category, and 10 finalists in the inaugural Tiny Tourism Town category.

Furthermore, 4 Southern Great Barrier Reef towns will go head-to-head in friendly rivalry with a goal to take the crown in June.

Entries across our Southern Great Barrier Reef destination for Top Tourism Town include:

  • YEPPOON nominated by Capricorn Coast Visitor Information Centre (owned and operated by Capricorn Enterprise)
  • ROCKHAMPTON nominated by Spire Visitor Information Centre (owned and operated by Rockhampton Regional Council)
  • GLADSTONE nominated byGladstone Visitor Information Centre (owned and operated by GAPDL)
  • BUNDABERG nominated by Bundaberg Visitor Information Centre (owned and operated by Bundaberg Tourism)

With judges votes only making up 65% of the selection process and the remaining formulated from consumer voting, it is now over to the public to have their say.

From coastal villages to heritage and history, Capricorn Enterprise Marketing Executive, Alyssah Anderson believes these Awards are a fantastic opportunity for regional towns to share what is special and unique about our destination and is calling on local pride to help bring home the win.

“As locals, we already know that our backyard is exciting, diverse and breathtakingly beautiful, and this is the perfect opportunity to promote our region as a must-see destination that ticks all the boxes for being a top tourism spot,” Alyssah said.

“With three finalist categories this year including Top Tourism Town (more than 5000 residents) of which Yeppoon is classified, Small Tourism Town (less than 5000 residents) and Tiny Tourism Town (less than 1000 residents), we have a strong opportunity to put our spectacular and welcoming coastal town in the spotlight.”

“There are 13 official tourism regions which shape Queensland, from the Far North to the Southeast, however these Awards provide an opportunity to highlight the smaller towns within, enticing more visitors to explore some of our hidden gems.”

The Queensland Top Tourism Town winner will not only receive state accolades, but also be given the opportunity to represent Queensland at the National Awards and be named Australia’s Top Tourism Town.

Voting has commenced and will be open until Monday 23rd May.

“The voting process is simple and only takes two minutes, and even better, everyone who places a vote goes into the draw to win a $2000 Apollo Motorhome Travel Package,” Alyssah said.

“Being awarded Top Tourism Town would definitely give our community and business operators a huge boost, following what has been a challenging couple of years for the entire industry.”

“We hold high hopes that Yeppoon can take out the win and urge the local community to get online and vote today,” Alyssah said.

VOTE today – https://www.qtic.com.au/top-town-voting/

WATCH the video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0trtQjLtJGg

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