Wednesday, 2 February 2022 reveals Australia’s Most Welcoming Towns of 2022

Gorenjska (Slovenia)
Maleny , Queensland took out Most Welcoming Town in Australia for the 2nd year in a row, while Tasmania placed #3 in the Most Welcoming Regions globally
Holiday homes lead the pack for the most awarded accommodation type in Australia in 2022
More than 18,000 travel providers across Australia, are being recognised for their hospitality with a Traveller Review Award in 2022 has today announced the recipients of its 10th annual Traveller Review Awards, where Tasmania has once again secured a spot in the top 10 most welcoming regions in the world, proving Australia’s southern charm still reigns supreme.

Drawing upon more than 232 million verified reviews from real travelers with over 18,000 awards delivered to deserving Australian partners, the Traveller Review Awards include awards such as the 2022 Most Welcoming Places in Australia. A total of 1,261,273 accommodation providers, car rental locations and pre-booked taxi providers in 220 countries and territories around the world are being recognised with a Traveller Review Award 2022, with 18,663 in Australia.

In Australia, the sunshine state and its pristine beaches dominated once again, with four out of the Top Ten Most Welcoming Cities featuring from Queensland. Victoria and Western Australia destinations also rank highly, with scenic destinations and renowned beaches receiving a deserved mention in the top ten.

While Tasmania makes the list of welcoming regions, there are many other corners of the world who have received awards for their warm welcomes. The most welcoming regions on Earth for 2022 consist of the following:

2022 Most Welcoming Regions on Earth
Gorenjska (Slovenia)
Taitung County (Taiwan)
Tasmania (Australia)
Burgenland (Austria)
Seychelles (Africa)
Canterbury (New Zealand)
Santa Cruz (Argentina)
Nova Scotia (Canada)
Limón (Costa Rica)
La Rioja (Spain)

2022 Most Welcoming Towns in Australia*
La Rioja (Spain)
Maleny , Queensland
Mount Tamborine, Queensland
Halls Gap, Victoria
Denmark, Western Australia
Margaret River Town, Western Australia
Healesville, Victoria
Warrnambool, Victoria
Hervey Bay, Queensland
Montville, Queensland
Albany, Western Australia

Melissa Ellison, Area Manager for Australia, said the country’s award achievements highlight the unwavering hospitality of Aussies, in the face of yet another year in the global pandemic.

“As the travel industry has remained vigilant and flexible in light of the continued uncertainty and travel restrictions we’ve seen over the course of the past year, the passion and dedication of our Australian partners to create safe and welcoming travel experiences for everyone across the nation has continued to shine through.

“For Tasmania in particular to be highlighted as one of the most welcoming regions in the world for the second year running, is such an outstanding achievement for Australian tourism” says Ellison.

Warm and welcoming staff make the difference
When diving into the individual aspects of their stays that guests valued most at the 1,259,594 properties receiving a Traveller Review Award 2022, staff (9.0) cleanliness (8.9) and location (8.9) received the highest average marks globally. This is well above other aspects evaluated, such as facilities (8.6) or value for money (8.5), demonstrating the importance of those welcoming, friendly interactions during the stay, as well as health and hygiene in light of the evolving status of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Holiday home and transport providers in the spotlight
Holiday homes are also top spot in Australia when it comes to the accommodation type category, with 4,991 being recognised, closely followed by apartments, receiving 4,626 awards.

For the third year in a row, rental car and airport taxi providers are also being recognised for their excellent service and smooth travel experiences, with Australia taking out the fifth most transport awards across 160 countries worldwide. Spain leads with 220 rental car pick-up locations receiving a 2022 award, followed by Italy (177), France (141), the United States (108) and Australia (98).

For more information on the Traveller Reviews Awards, visit

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