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CR DAVID PAHLKE with his Tourism Staff
JANET HEWITT VICTORIA NUGENT
IPSWICH’S Visitor Information Centre was inducted into the Queensland Tourism Industry Council Hall of Fame after winning gold at Friday night’s annual Queensland Tourism Awards. The center extended its golden run in the Visitor Information Services category, having previously taken top honours in 2011, 2013 and 2014 and reaching the finals in 2010 and 2012. The awards at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre recognised industry leading attractions, events, accommodation, services and operators across 30 categories. Queensland Rail won gold in the Cultural Tourism category for the 150 years of rail program, which included events at Grandchester and The Workshops Rail Museum. The Pumpyard Bar & Brewery in the Ipswich CBD was a finalist in the Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries category. Tourism and Libraries Committee Chairperson Councillor David Pahlke said the Hall of Fame induction was a fitting tribute to information centre staff and volunteers. “We have some great people on the ground, dedicated staff and working volunteers who are passionate about their city and go above and beyond in welcoming visitors,” he said.
“Ipswich has attractions for all ages, budgets and interests. We’ve got genuine options for
weekends, short breaks and longer stays. “It’s a unique experience and now Ipswich is in the Hall of Fame, which will only generate more interest and bring along more visitors.” Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said tourism contributed about $136 million to the Ipswich economy in 2013, with 1.1 million visitors coming to the region. “The recently adopted City of Ipswich Destination Management Plan will deliver economic, social and profile growth via increased visitor numbers and expenditure,” he said. “The plan positions Ipswich as a destination with something for everyone – tangible history, challenge-based adventure, nature-based recreation and unique spectator and participation events. “Ipswich tourism is among the best of the best in Queensland, the Hall of Fame induction once again brings state-wide recognition to the region.”
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|The big announcement|
|On Stage Accepting|
SECRET IS OUT WITH IPSWICH TOURISM IS GOLD
The Ipswich VIC provides “boutique experience.”The Ipswich Visitor Information Centre has been inducted into the Hall of Fame after winning its third gold medal at the Queensland Tourism Awards last night. Hosted but the Queensland Tourism Industry Council, Ipswich City Council’s Ipswich Visitor Information Centre won the gold medal for Visitor Information Services. Queensland Rail’s 150 years of rail program, which featured events at the birth of Queensland rail at Grandchester and the Workshops Rail Museum also won the Gold medal in Cultural Tourism. Council’s Tourism Committee chairman David Pahlke said the wins shone a light on the city’s “undiscovered attractions” that had great appeal for the daytrips market.
“This is unheard of for Ipswich to be in the tourism spotlight”, Cr Pahlke said. “Usually you find it’s places like Cains, Noosa, the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, that are often seen in the tourism awards. “I think it says a lot for our staff and our volunteers that works rostered shifts at the Visitor Information Centre. “This shows we have a lot of undiscovered things to see in Ipswich. When you start adding up, we’ve got a lot here. The Workshops, the Cobb & Co trail, we’ve got the Willowbank racing precinct, Robelle Domain with the brand new Orion Lagoon. “We are only one or two hours drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. People head out this way looking for something different. It is that boutique experience. It’s not just the tried and true what you find on the tourism brochures. Cr Pahlke said it was the passion of the VIC staff and volunteers that set it apart from other centres throughout the state. “I am really proud of our staff and our volunteers, because they have just highlighted this fact. People will stop and say, ‘hey look at Ipswich – tourism’,” he said.
“They believe in the product and the area and the city that they serve.” A total of 81 awards including 27 Gold, 25 Silver, 22 Bronze and two individual awards across 30 categories were presented at Brisbane’s Convention and Exhibition Centre last night where 900 guests gathered to celebrate Queensland’s tourism achievements. QTIC chief executive Daniel Gschwind said the awards provided the opportunity to pay homage to hard working people and organisations who helped shape the industry. “Tourism is in a growth phase great opportunities to invest in Queensland’s destinations and services,” Mr Gschwind said.
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