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CR DAVID PAHLKE with his Tourism Staff
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“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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Entering the SOUTH BANK ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE
|The big announcement|
|On Stage Accepting|
SECRET IS OUT WITH IPSWICH TOURISM IS GOLD
“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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