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Airlie Beach claims title as top small tourism town

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Queensland's best holiday destinations have been crowned and North Queensland has come out on top.

Airlie Beach has topped the likes of Kuranda and Port Douglas to claim the title of Top Small Tourism Town at the Queensland Top Tourism Town Awards.

It is one of three winners in the state, with Tamborine Mountain and Winton taking taking out Top Tourism Town and Top Tiny Tourism Town respectively.

The three destinations will now be up against other Australian travel hotspots at the national Top Tourism Town Awards held later in the YEAR.

Queensland Tourism Industry Council CEO Brett Fraser congratulated the winners, and said it was an exhaustive judging process by an expert panel and a public vote that attracted more than 16,000 votes.

“These regional gems demonstrate that you don’t have to travel far in our state to explore incredible sights,” Mr Fraser said.

“From historical outback Winton to rainforest and coastal retreats in Tamborine Mountain and Airlie Beach, these leaders in tourism demonstrate why our state flourishes as a must-see destination for holidaymakers.

Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Top Tourism Town Awards celebrates the diversity of visitor experiences that only Queensland has.

“Whether it’s a gourmet adventure on Tamborine Mountain, snorkeling at Airlie Beach, or walking with dinosaurs at Winton, the Top Tourism Towns of 2022 show Queensland is the place to be,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“Domestic tourism is bouncing back from the pandemic with Queenslanders rediscovering their own backyard and interstate visitors realising nothing beats a Queensland holiday.

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