Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Tourism's 'volunteer army' helping Qld
'While they will never be as famous as Queensland’s marvellous 'mud army”, the state’s network of 124 accredited Visitor Information Centres (VICs) is ready to help our tourism industry recover after a challenging summer.
Queensland Information Centres Association (QICA) President Greg Realf said the thousands of Queenslanders who volunteered regularly at their local visitor centre were a “volunteer army” ready, willing and able to contribute towards Queensland’s tourism recovery.
“The best way to help our industry recover is to plan a Queensland holiday,” said Mr Realf. “Our trained staff are passionate and knowledgeable about their local regions, so you can’t go wrong if you contact the accredited centre in the region you are thinking of visiting.”
Despite several centres, including those in Esk, Rockhampton and Emerald being completely inundated during the recent floods, the entire network was now fully up and running, according to Mr Realf.
“Our Esk VIC operated out of their front window after the initial clean up after the flood while the Fernvale VIC was used as an evacuation centre then a community recovery centre.
“The network is now completely back to normal and our VIC volunteers and staff are very keen to help with inquiries from anyone thinking of visiting their respective regions or planning a holiday in Queensland.
“Our trained staff is able to offer free, personal advice to travellers and complement this information with brochures and maps, most of them for no charge,” he said.
There are 124 Accredited Visitor Information Centres throughout Queensland – just look out for the blue and yellow italicised ‘í’ sign. Staffed by friendly, professional and trained people with extensive local knowledge, they can provide reliable information on attractions, activities and events, make bookings for accommodation or sightseeing tours, and give up-to-the-minute advice on travel in the area. Visit www.queenslandholidays.com.au/vics to print out a map of the centres and take it with you on your travels. This site also provides links to local information.