DISCOVER  IPSWICH WEEK 5th to 13th April 2013 

Cr David Pahlke about to enjoy a 5 minute flight from
Grandchester to Rosewood

Captain Mike and Cr Pahlke with Colette Albert and Rob Donelly
from Ivory’s Rock Conference Centre

Captain Mike and Cr Pahlke Chair of Toursim

THE spotlight will be turned on Ipswich next week for a special celebration week in the city.

Ipswich City Council Tourism and Libraries Committee Chairperson Councillor David Pahlke said council was hosting Discover Ipswich Week – discover your own backyard from this Friday (April 5) until April 13.  Cr Pahlke said the week was designed to raise awareness of the range of visitor experiences available in the city and would feature a program of locally focussed promotional tourism activities.  He said the week would tie in with the 10th anniversary celebrations for the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre in Queens Park.   “This purpose built centre is the central point for information about the city’s tourism activities.”

Cr Pahlke said it was important for Ipswich residents to become advocates for the city as Ipswich’s biggest tourism market came from their friends and family members visiting from outside the region.  “This is backed up by previous visitor statistics from Tourism Research Australia.  “This research showed that, of a total of 1,104,000 (domestic and international) visitors to the City of Ipswich during the 2011 calendar year, 472,000 (43%) were visiting friends and relatives.   “This means it is up to each and every resident to be familiar with Ipswich and what it has to offer so they share that information with their visiting friends and family members.”  The Discover Ipswich Week program includes:
– Tourism Displays, Riverlink Shopping Centre – April 6 – 12;
– Tourism Displays, Springfield Markets at Robelle Domain – April 6;
– Discover Ipswich pop-up displays – happening throughout the week at different locations
– Reunion of former Ipswich Visitor Information Centre staff and volunteers – April 9;
– Tourism displays, Twilight Markets at Robelle Domain – April 12;
– 10th birthday Open Day Celebrations and Tourism Expo, Ipswich Visitor Information Centre – April 13
Cr Pahlke said a number of promotions and competitions would run in conjunction with the week.  “One of the promotions will be run via the Discover Ipswich Facebook page so make sure you visit the page and like it.

“Entrants will be able to nominate their favourite spot in Ipswich to visit and/or take visiting friends and relatives to win prizes donated by local tourism businesses.   “Another project will be the Great to Have You Here campaign with coupons featuring discount or special offers from tourism operators in Ipswich region.”  Cr Pahlke said Ipswich had much of offer visitors and, being just 40 minutes west of Brisbane, was a great destination for a day trip or short break. “As Queensland’s oldest provincial city, Ipswich is a blend of heritage charm, metropolitan sophistication and expansive green spaces.

“The city combines rich heritage with the energy of being the hub of today’s growth region in South East Queensland.  “Whether you’re looking for family friendly fun, outdoor adventure, adrenalin action, pure indulgence or a glimpse back to bygone days we encourage everyone to take the time to Discover Ipswich. “The city is home to a vast array of attractions providing the platform for many fun-filled days. “The experiences on offer in Ipswich including the V8 race experience, hot air balloon flights, award winning museums, helicopter wine tours, steam train rides, paintball, bushwalking, weekly markets, canoeing and much, much more.”

For more information on Discover Ipswich Week call 3281 0555, drop into the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre, Queens Park at 14 Queen Victoria Parade, Ipswich or visit the Discover Ipswich website at

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