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Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio and Tourism and Events Portfolio chair, Cr Geoff McDonald proudly displaying the Australian Tourism Awards trophy

Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers has been crowned the best tourism event in the country for the second year in a row.

Toowoomba’s much-loved carnival has taken out the top gong in a glittering gala presentation at the Australian Tourism Awards in Perth. Toowoomba Regional Council’s tourism leader Cr Geoff McDonald, in Perth for the announcement, said the win was a credit to the team behind the 2016 event which battled inclement weather.

“This is a credit to the thousands of volunteers and community groups that are involved in the 2016 event, and all the people involved in the 67 years before that,” Cr McDonald said “Kate Scott came in as acting coordinator in 2016 which saw inclement weather pull numbers back to just under 200,000 people.”

The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has blossomed into a huge celebration of food, music and culture giving the city and region a massive influx of visitors, beating out iconic events including the Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival and Melbourne’s Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix,



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