Visitors warned: Ipswich not Venice

OUR council wants the world to know that the only thing Ipswich has in common with Venice is we both like lots of tourists.

As part of Ipswich's flood fight-back, a tourism campaign aimed at encouraging people to visit and revisit will soon be launched.

Councillor David Pahlke said the Great To Have You Here campaign was aimed at rewarding visitors with special offer vouchers to use while they were visiting Ipswich or when they returned.

“To promote Ipswich and encourage visitors to return with friends and family, we are launching a new voucher rewards campaign where people who visit participating businesses will receive offers such as two-for-one lunch deals, discounts off tours, entry to attractions and accommodation stays,” Cr Pahlke said.

“When the program launches next month, we will have almost 20 participating businesses and the vouchers are valid until March 31, 2012 for visitors to use.”

Mayor Paul Pisasale said the campaign would show people that even after the recent floods, Ipswich was up and running again and the streets were not still full of water.

“People have been calling and asking if Ipswich has been turned into Venice. They want to know if they need to bring a boat to get around,” Cr Pisasale said.

“We need to change that.

“The message we need to get out is Ipswich is open and trading; come and spend money in our shops. All our tourist facilities are still here. If you want to help, spend money here.

“The flood of water has been replaced by a flood of energy, support, faith and commitment.”

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