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Far north regions in running to win top tourism award

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Cairns and the Tablelands could be crowned Queensland's favourite tourism hotspot after being named as a finalist in the state's first ever Top Tourism Town Awards.

Thirty-seven locations, including Karumba, Kuranda and Yungaburra, have been nominated across small and large town categories, with the winner to go into the running to claim the national title.

Queensland Tourism Industry Council chief executive David Gschwind says the awards shine a spotlight on the state's diverse tourism sector.

"[They're] perhaps towns that people don't necessarily consider as tourism destination.

"When you see those videos and you hear what they have to offer, you'll really want to go there," Mr Gschwind says.

The large town winner (population over 5,000) is set to receive a $25,000 tourism consultancy package, while the small town (population under 5,000) will win one valued at $7,500.

Mr Gschwind says given the tough COVID-year, it has never been more important to show support for local tourism industries.

"The winners of the Queensland two categories will then go into a national contest and then measure up with all the other towns who have been successful in the other states and territories.

"But they also will get the support of some very high powers, advisory services to make their destinations even more exciting and more sustainable for the long term," he says.

Voting for Queensland's top tourist towns is open now and ends on April 26 at https://www.qtic.com.au/top-tourism-award/top-town-voting/.

[Photo credit: Whitsundays Tourism]