TOURISM Greater Shepparton (TGS) has announced a number of exciting initiatives to boost the benefits of being involved in the tourism focussed group and to encourage new members to the organisation.
One of the most recent projects is the tourism award as part of the Powercor 95 3SR FM Business and Service Excellence Awards to be announced in October.
TGS has worked with the Shepparton Chamber of Commerce to offer this opportunity to tourism based businesses as a way to showcase and promote the importance of tourism business in the region.
TGS president, Sonya Boaden, said the annual award is a fantastic way for TGS members to promote themselves to the wider community and beyond.
“We have some wonderful attractions, accommodation and events in Greater Shepparton and this is one way to spread the word about our industry and particularly the individual businesses.
“There will be 10 finalists selected over the next few months and I encourage all business, however small or even a little out of the ordinary, to get their guests and customers to nominate them,” Sonya said.
Nomination forms are available from local businesses and the Shepparton Chamber of Commerce website and finalists appear in The Adviser and are interviewed by 95 3SR FM.
Another major initiative of TGS is the annual Goulburn Valley Tourism Month. This major tourism event, held every October throughout the Goulburn River Valley region, is the single largest showcase of local attractions, open days, festivals, arts and cultural celebrations, product launches, sporting events and markets from throughout the shires of Greater Shepparton, Strathbogie, Murrindindi and Mitchell.
Tourism Month events coordinator, Cheryl Hammer said the 2010 official calendar of events featured more than 90 different “things to do” over the month of October, and was confident, due to the positive feedback of last year’s participants, that this year’s calendar would top 100 listings.
More than 30,000 copies of the official calendar of events booklets will be distributed throughout the Goulburn River Valley Region, into Melbourne, Ballarat, Bendigo and Albury/Wodonga in mid September inspiring locals to be tourists in their own backyard as well as encouraging visitors to the area. The listings are free.
“This is a great way to get your business or event included in our very exciting month of activities. What better way to let locals know where and who you are as well as entice new visitors and tourists to your door,” Cheryl said.
If you would like an Event Listing form emailed to you please contact your council’s tourism department or call the Shepparton Visitor Information Centre. You can also email Cheryl Hammer on [email protected]