Today, approximately 230 of the Sunshine Coast’s and Cooloola’s Visitor Information Centre volunteers gathered at Australia Zoo as part of a regional familiarisation to celebrate International Volunteers Day.
The event is organised by the Sunshine Coast Information Centre Association [SCICA] and is a yearly event which sees the tourism volunteers come together to not only celebrate volunteers day, but also to collectively get together as a group.
This years’ event is co-hosted by Australia Zoo began with a welcome from Industry Liaison Manager for Tourism Noosa and SCICA President Juanita Bloomfield over breakfast at 9.00am followed by an excursion to the new Africa Safari before volunteers will enjoy a free day at the Zoo.
Ms Bloomfield stated “The event is a wonderful opportunity for us to thank our volunteers who work in our visitor information centres helping to promote the region. It is also a great opportunity for the volunteers to experience some of the unique products that the region has to offer”.
“It’s what you see and do yourself that you can put some energy and excitement into. There’s nothing better than for a visitor to walk into an information centre and have that contact with a local person. Their passion and knowledge is just unbelievable.”
“Without the volunteers we would not be able to run effectively at all and we get so many amazing letters of support from clients and visitors saying that the volunteer’s suggestions and help, just made their holiday.”
“The Sunshine Coast has one of the largest contingents of volunteers and we are lucky enough in the Tourism Industry to have a waiting list of people waiting to get in.”
“On behalf of Sunshine Coast Destination and Tourism Noosa the day is about thanking these guys so much for what they do for us.”