Centre picks up top tourist gong

SOME of the Granite Belt's most informative minds have had their dedication and commitment to the region recognised by taking out the category two, 2012 Queensland Visitor Information Centre of the Year award.

Centre supervisor Karen Rowen said staff members had worked hard to achieve a high standard at the centre.

"We'd like to thank the volunteers for all their help," Ms Rowen said.

"Everyone is very excited about it and we'll be having a social later this month to thank the volunteers for all their help."

Attending a conference on Heron Island, Ms Rowen said the award came as a surprise.

But now they had been recognised, and the centre had received a makeover, Ms Rowen said it would be a case of keeping the centre at the high standard.

"There was a sense of great excitement. We called the Visitor Information Centre manager straight away," Ms Rowen said.

"We will continue to maintain the high standard we have set which helped us achieve this award.

Granite Belt Wine Tourism president Peter Orr said the first-time win was a great achievement for all involved.

"We are absolutely chuffed by the win, and extremely proud of our Visitor Information Centre manager, supervisors and volunteers, all who have contributed to this outstanding achievement," Mr Orr said.

"This is the first time the Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre has been selected, and we look forward to many more wins."