Berrigan Shire Council has long recognised the importance of the tourism industry to the shire and its residents.
Council supports its shire’s tourism industry through investment in the Murray Regional Tourism Board, Sun Country on the Murray Tourism Board and through subsidising the operation of the Visitor Information Centre at Tocumwal.
In addition, Council has allocated funds to its newly established Events Committee to enhance the viability and growth of events that are established and run to attract significant number of visitors to the region.
Furthermore, Council makes available other funds to assist with the publication of visitor and town guides to inform visitors of the array of attractions, features and experiences that can be enjoyed by visitors.
The rationale for supporting tourism and events is that the by attracting and encouraging people to visit and experience our region, it adds to the prosperity and vibrancy of the region, and this is not just because of the immediate spending by these people on goods and services provided by businesses.
History tells us that many of the people who come to holiday, visit or tour our region will become future residents and/or business operators in our region, thus increasing our population base and the long term demand for goods and services provided from within the shire.
Council is looking to promote the tourism and hospitality industry and regional events by offering two new award categories in the 2013 Berrigan Business and Environment Awards.
In 2013, there will be an award made for the Best Nominee for Tourism and Hospitality Business of the Year, and also the Event of the year.
Council economic development officer Phil Nunn said it would be great to get businesses from our tourism and hospitality sector nominated for these award.
‘‘It provides a way that we can showcase some of the more successful operators to promote their businesses, and to provide others with a chance to observe and learn.’’
Mr Nunn also noted that Council was working with both tourism operators and the Sun Country on the Murray organisation and town tourism groups to identify and provide further assistance to tourism operators through a range of business skills development workshops during 2013.
‘‘Award nominees for the tourism and hospitality award may be businesses or clubs involved in the provision of food, beverages and/or entertainment, or providers of attractions such as museums, tourism or visitor experiences, or businesses such as hotels, motels and tourism and caravan parks that provide accommodation to visitors.
‘‘Tourism event organisers are also encouraged to nominate for an award as recognition for the great amount of work undertaken by the volunteers to stage these events.
‘‘It also offers a way for future events to be promoted too.’’
Award entry forms can be collected from:
Tocumwal, Finley and Berrigan newsagencies; libraries at Tocumwal, Finley, Berrigan and Barooga; Council offices in Berrigan; and the Southern Riverina News in Warmatta St, Finley.
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