We have always thought Shepparton was a great place to live and Wotif.com has confirmed as much.
The online travel company ranked Shepparton as this year’s first runner-up in its inaugural Wotif Australian Town of the Year awards.
The awards are based on an index system that looks at the affordability, demand, increased interest and accommodation supply available on Wotif.com.
City of Greater Shepparton Mayor Kim O’Keeffe said she was thrilled to learn Shepparton received the runner-up award.
‘‘Shepparton is a growing community. We love our sports, art and culture, and we host hundreds of events every year, so there is always something to do and see,’’ she said.
‘‘Our diversity, our climate and our location make Shepparton an attractive place to visit.’’
Wotif is an online booking service that searches the web for the latest travel deals, including flights, hotels, packages and activities.
According to Wotif, 49 per cent of all Australians are looking to make their next trip a local one, saying they will promote these must-see towns as the best places to visit for holidays, culture and tourism.
Goulburn River Valley Tourism chief executive Leanne Hulm said it was another great award for Greater Shepparton.
‘‘It is a great tribute to Greater Shepparton City Council for the hard work they are putting in to showcase the Goulburn Valley,’’ Ms Hulm said.
‘‘A lot of families come to the area for sporting events and get exposed to the many great things about our region, making them want to come back.’’
Shepparton came runner-up to Queensland town Mackay, with Mildura and Echuca placing among the top 15.