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Lakes Entrance a Top Town

Lakes Entrance a Top Town

Wotif image: Lakes Entrance

Lakes is one of the best in national Town of the Year awards

The 2021 Aussie Town of the Year Awards have been announced by Wotif, with Lakes Entrance taking out fifth spot.

The award acknowledges the towns' accommodation quality, affordability and traveller satisfaction.

East Gippsland Marketing's Hayley Hardy said the recognition will go a long way.

"I think it has a massive impact," Hayley said.

"We've obviously had a very tough 12 to 14 months and so the benefit that it has on our operators says a massive 'thank you' for all your hard work.

"But the social media impact from a company like Wotif promotes us on a massive scale around the country.

"Long term that could have a really big impact for the whole of Gippsland or certainly East Gippsland.

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Lakes Entrance came in close behind Cairns, Mudgee and Apollo Bay, the award reflecting the diverse landscape and attractions found close to home.

Albert and Co cafe owner Matthew O'Donnell said the town is on the up and up.

"I see Lakes Entrance growing much bigger and a lot of tourists coming down," Matthew said.

"Our summer trade just gone, even though with Covid, has been one of the biggest and a lot of businesses in town have seen that increase.

"Especially through the wintertime, I hope we see it happening."

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