Jumpers and Jazz on tourism awards short list
WARWICK'S iconic Jumpers and Jazz festival could be wearing a prestigious title in 2015, after being nominated for a regional events and tourism award.
Jumpers and Jazz in July is one of three finalists in the Regional Achievement and Community awards for the BuzzPrint Events and Tourism Award, along with the FKG Tour of Toowoomba and the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival.
Warwick Tourism and Events chief executive Tracy Vellacott said the nomination was really exciting for the festival.
"We nominated for this award last year and we were unfortunately unsuccessful," she said.
"We are absolutely delighted to know we're a finalist in the category this year."
The awards recognise the achievements of community organisations and businesses contributing to the social, economic or environmental prosperity of their region.
Jumpers and Jazz is estimated to have brought more than $2 million worth of tourism into the Rose City, with more than 100 events during the 10-day festival.
Mrs Vellacott said the power of Jumpers and Jazz lay in the connections made with visitors and within the community.
"One of the greatest outcomes of Jumpers & Jazz in July is the development of a cohesive community - with the festival embracing individual, business, social and community organisations and their objectives, whether social, monetary or communication-related," she said. "I love the inclusiveness of Jumpers and Jazz to bring the whole community together. It's unique in that way."
"The creativity of the festival continues to exceed expectations and never was this more apparent than with the Art Gallery's "Knitchen" project in 2014."
Award winners will be announced at a Gala Presentation Dinner on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday, November 8.
Winners will receive $2500 thanks to the Commonwealth Bank, with one announced the overall winner of the Commonwealth Bank Special Commendation Award to get an additional $2500.
All the winners will receive a handcrafted glass trophy.