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Bowen: Top Pick For Grey Nomads

The beautiful township of Bowen has been declared national finalist for the Grey Nomads Awards, in two massive categories.

Championing experience for visitors over the age of 50, the township of Bowen has been shortlisted for the 2023 Best Grey Nomad Friendly Town category, while The Big Mango and the Bowen Visitor Information Centre has been named finalist in the Best Attraction category.

Chair of Bowen Tourism and Business, Jenn Honnery said making it to the shortlist for the Grey Nomads awards shines a light on the efforts of the staff and volunteers, local tourism businesses and the whole community.

“Bowen is a place brimming with country hospitality set against a stunning backdrop of tropical beaches and islands,” she said.

“This makes it a friendly, safe and inclusive place for over 50s to visit and one which they return to year on year.”

She congratulated the Bowen community and the staff and volunteers at the Big Mango Information Centre for this achievement.

Manager of Bowen Tourism and Business, Leanne Abernethy said this was the first time the organisation had been nominated in these awards.

“We entered in two categories and were named as national finalists in both,” she said.

Leanne also congratulated Queen’s Beach Tourist Village who has also been named as national finalists after winning the Large Caravan Park category two years in a row.

Grey Nomads Awards Director, Kim Morgan, said the awards shone a light on coastal, inland regional and remote Australia by rewarding organisations and destinations which catered to mature age visitors in an exemplary way.

National and state winners will be announced in March, as part of the Art of Attraction Tourism Summit on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

NATIONAL FINALISTS: Bowen Tourism and Business volunteer Kev Clark with visitors from Brisbane – Angie, Jeff ad Dean Kelk and Anastasia Bowell at the Bowen Visitor Information Centre this week with the Grey Nomad awards finalist certificate. Photo supplied

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