Mandurah has been named the winner of the 2022 GWN7 Top Tourism Town Award at the 2022 Perth Airport WA Tourism Conference Dinner.
Mandurah claimed the Gold Medal in the Top Tourism Town category, with Geraldton claiming Silver and Esperance taking out Bronze. Mandurah will receive a $25,000 airtime package to promote the town on the regional television network GWN7.
In the Small Tourism Town category, the Gold Medal was awarded to Exmouth, which takes home a $10,000 airtime package from GWN7. The Silver Medal was won by Dwellingup.
In the new category of Tiny Tourism Town, the Gold Medal was awarded to Denham, with Gnowangerup winning Silver and Coolgardie claiming Bronze. Denham will receive a $5,000 airtime package to promote the town on GWN7.
The awards program is a major highlight of the State’s tourism calendar, with prizes eagerly coveted by destinations across Western Australia. Visitor Centres enter the awards on behalf of their destination, and entrants are required to submit a short video, itinerary and editorial article which was reviewed by a panel of industry judges.
The public then had its say, with more than 6,700 people casting a vote for their favourite Tiny, Small and Top Tourism Towns.
“Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Top Tourism Town Awards. Mandurah, Exmouth, and Denham have all displayed an exceptional commitment to delivering high-quality visitor experiences,” Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said.
“All winners have impressed both an industry panel of judges and the public through consumer voting. They will now go on to represent Western Australia on a national level,” he said.
The GWN7 Top Tourism Town Awards have been running for more than 30 years and recognise cities and towns across Western Australia for their commitment to tourism and the innovative experiences and facilities on offer.
The awards are run by Tourism Council WA and Visitor Centres WA, and are supported by GWN7, Vanguard Press, Tourism WA and RAC Parks & Resorts.