Holiday close to home and see the sights of Ipswich
RESEARCH tells us that more families are choosing to holiday close to home, and there are plenty of opportunities in and around Ipswich to do just that.
Around this region, there are many sights and activities to give children and parents an experience they will treasure.
Ipswich tourism operator Floating Images has recently been handed a valuable tick of approval.
Floating Images is the first tour operator in Ipswich to be awarded the "TQUAL Tick" and the only hot air balloon operator in south-east Queensland to achieve the quality award.
Chief pilot Graeme Day said the Australian Government had released a new standard for testing tourism providers throughout the country.
"In addition to a review of the old AAA star rating that was awarded to accommodation providers, the new TQUAL Tick is awarded to tourism providers who consistently achieve and deliver the high standards of service Australians expect when booking in for a tourism activity or accommodation," he said.
Floating Images has been providing city and country hot air balloon flights to the Ipswich, Scenic Rim and Somerset regions for more than 11 years.
Mr Day has been flying hot air balloons for more than 20 years.
"In the past year it has been our pleasure to fly passengers from all across Queensland, from across Australia, and indeed from all across the world, over the beautiful heritage city of Ipswich and the Scenic Rim and Somerset countryside," he said.
"We've enjoyed the company of people from all walks of life, at incredibly varied ages with a vast range of tales and dreams - and we can't wait for another year of fulfilling dreams, ticking items off bucket lists, celebrating weddings, birthdays, graduations, holidays, Mother's Day, Father's Day and Valentine's Day with our passengers.
"They make every flight a wonderful new experience," he said.