Considering the news coming out of the White House these days it seems appropriate to chat about toilets, and who knew??: there are International Toilet Tourism Awards.
Travelwirenews reports that six toilets have won the coveted titles in 2018. Submissions were received from destinations across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The toilets were judged for their design, quirkiness, location, accessibility, and economic contribution to their locality. And the winners are:
Best Design: The Saskatchewan Science Centre, Saskatchewan, Canada. The design for the newly refurbished 2nd floor restroom was inspired by the boreal forests of northern Saskatchewan; the restroom is complete with floor-to-ceiling visuals of the deep forest and audio of birdsong and woodland sounds.
Best Economic Contributor: The Cummins Mosaic Loo, Cummins, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, Australia. The local community converted a former railway station into a public loo with personality. Due to word of mouth, tourists now seek out the restrooms, which feature statues, mosaics, and paintings reflecting a more genteel bygone era from the early 20th century; the local businesses now benefit from tourists visiting the old-fashioned toilets in the center of town.
Best Location: Hotel La Jolla, La Jolla, California. Sitting on the 11th floor, the restroom offers a breathtaking view of La Jolla and the Pacific Ocean beyond.
Best Accessible Toilet: Brisbane Airport, Queensland, Australia. The airport's upgraded accessible toilets have been designed to exceed accessibility legislation and make travel accessible to thousands of people with disabilities. Dedicated changing facilities allow for specialized equipment such as an adult changing table, a hoist, and a toilet with removable hand rails for people with severe disabilities. The airport even has an indoor loo for guide dogs.
Quirkiest Experience: Bowl Plaza, Lucas, Kansas, United States. Bowl Plaza offers a public restroom with bling! It took four years to build and is now a major attraction in Lucas, the small town, grassroots arts capital of Kansas. The walls of the bathroom are covered inside and out detailed mosaics created by local residents and artists, and the entire building is shaped like a toilet tank. The entrance is even designed to look like a raised toilet lid with benches that represent the curved toilet seat.
Winner for Overall Contribution to Toilet Tourism: The James Bond Toilets at Piz Gloria, Murren, Switzerland. Located at 2970m at the top of Mt. Schilthorn in Switzerland, the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant and visitor center has embraced a James Bond theme ever since the location was used as Blofeld's Lair in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". The toilet experience has James Bond audiovisual effects: Bond girl Diana Rigg appears in the mirror when men wash their hands. There's a sign for men in the toilet saying "Shake, Don't Stir" and "Aim Like James". The ladies' room has music and a shot ringing out as an image of James Bond appears in the mirror beside a bullet hole, as well as an audio of Bond saying "Tonight, my place- just the two of us".