World’s best toilets flushed with tourism success

Six public toilets took the throne at the inaugural 2017 International Toilet Tourism Awards, organised by co-founders Carolyn Childs and Bronwyn White to show the impact of public toilets in tourism destinations.

Winners for six categories were chosen from among the 30 entries received in total: Best Economic Contributor, Best Location, Best Design, Quirkiest Toilet Experience, Best Accessible Toilet and Special Mention award.

Brighton Beach House, part of the Toowoomba Portable Toilets

The winners are respectively the Southern Highlands Welcome Centre in New South Wales; Cliffhanger Loo with a View, in Garig Gunak Barlu National Park, Northern Territories; Hahei Holiday Resort, in Coromandel, New Zealand and The Kathleen Buzzacott Art Studio, Alice Springs, Central Australia (joint winners); Dunnies with a Difference, the Toowoomba Portable Toilets, in Queensland; Arthurs Seat Public Toilet in Victoria; and Wisconsin Department of Tourism in the US.

In addition, Toowoomba Portable Toilets also took home the overall winner award, and received a A$2,000 (US$1,531) donation contributed to World Toilet Day in their name and a copy of every research publication in 2017, and access to tourism research events. Other category winners received the same, sans the donation to World Toilet Day.

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