THE 2021 destination guide for the Bathurst region is showcasing local voices and generating great feedback from tourists and businesses.
Bathurst Regional Council revamped the look of the guide in 2019.
The latest edition of the publication is a 52-page A4 booklet, featuring stunning images of the region and detailing many of its attractions.
Tourism and visitor services manager Daniel Cove saidthe team at the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre (BVIC) ensure the guide reflects current events and visitor experiences available, and any relevant tourism trends.
"Data gathered from the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre and the bathurstregion.com.au website is also used to guide what is included, as it indicates what visitors are looking for when they are planning a trip to Bathurst," he said.
"There is also an emphasis on updating photos, using local photographers, that highlight the region in the best way possible."
The 2021 edition of the guide also includes multiple 'Best of Bathurst' profiles, featuring the opinions of local identities on the best aspects of the region, such as coffee, wines, views, history and attractions.
"One of the best ways to discover the unique aspects of a destination is by word of mouth from local people," Mr Cove said.
"By including local personalities in the Bathurst Region Destination Guide, visitors can get a real feel for what is on offer and some of the more quirky, hidden gems of the Bathurst Region as well as our crowd-pleasing major attractions."
He said there has been "positive feedback" on the guide so far from visitors to the information centre.
"It offers something for everyone to explore and to create an itinerary that suits their needs and interests, and perhaps encourages them to step beyond and explore something they had not considered or were not aware of when visiting the Bathurst region," he said.
"Businesses featured in the guide also agree that the publication is a valuable resource for both visitors and locals alike to explore the great and diverse range of experiences on offer in our region."
The guide is stocked at BVIC, as well as at registered visitor information centres in NSW, Victoria and the ACT, and with local businesses.
It was funded by council, with additional revenue generated by paid advertisements in the guide from participating businesses.
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