A new international award in 2018 seeks to encourage clean, creative, quirky public toilets to show in tourism destinations.
The 2018 International Toilet Tourism Awards launched by MyTravelresearch.com, aim to show tourism destinations that clean public toilets go a long way to boosting a destination’s image and generating tourism dollars.
The Travel and Trend blog estimates that people stop to spend a penny in a public toilet and end up spending more.
MyTravelresearch.com blog announced the 2018 awards will go to public toilets in 7 categories. The first is Best Economic Contributor. The publication explained that “when people stop at a toilet in a destination stay on to spend more than a penny.”
The second category is Best Location or “where the toilets have views and maybe considered an attraction in themselves”. The third is Best Design. That’s mean an architectural brilliance in toilets, visual design and creativity.
The award 2018 fifth category called Quirkiest Toilet Experience it is related to local heritage, fun, or otherwise noteworthy.
The sixth category -Best Accessible Toilet, supporting the idea of Tourism for all, and the last is about sanitation progress aimed at developing economy destinations that have made big steps in public toilet provision.
“After many years analyzing tourism trends, the awards’ creators and owners, MyTravelresearch.com, aim to show tourism destinations that clean, creative, quirky public toilets go a long way to boosting a destination’s image and generating tourism dollars. People stop to spend a penny and end up spending more.” the blog states.
The 2018 awards were announced open 14 February at the Southern Highlands Welcome Centre in Mittagong, New South Wales – the destination that won Best Economic Contributor in the inaugural awards last year.
According to a British press report, the Southern Highlands Welcome Centre toilets were refurbished in late 2015 as part of a major overhaul of the center.
Today the toilets include a bright color scheme, posters, audio reel, quirky fact stickers and free Wi-Fi.
In recent weeks the center added a bright mosaic entry wall to the loos.