GREAT LOCATION: Metro Hotel Ipswich International general manager Earl Muir.
GREAT LOCATION: Metro Hotel Ipswich International general manager Earl Muir. Rob Williams

Firm Focus: Hotel helps make your big event memorable

ON SATURDAY, May 2, the Ipswich CBD will be alive with the action, colour and entertainment of the annual Ipswich Festival.

Part of the activities will be the showcase of events presented by the Metro Hotel Ipswich International, service sponsor of this year's Ipswich Festival.

General manager Earl Muir said the hotel could assist customers looking for a great location in Ipswich for their special event.

"We proudly support the Ipswich Festival and we are taking this opportunity while people are in town to remind people we are here," Mr Muir said.

Amidst the array of things to do, pop into the hotel at 43 South St, Ipswich and meet with the experienced events team to talk to them about your upcoming event, be it a wedding, gala dinner, formal or special birthday party.

"Our team will be able to give you many ideas from themed rooms, menus, entertainment and everything that will make your event an experience to remember. And while you are there, enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly and tease your tastebuds with a selection of canapés," he said.

By simply having a chat about a future event and checking out the venue, you could win one night's accommodation, full buffet breakfast and dinner for two and a sunset flight with Pterodactyl Helicopters worth $980, so make sure you fill in the entry form.

The hotel's events showcase is being held from 11am-4pm, leaving time for visitors to stroll around the corner to take up position for the Ipswich Festival Parade at 6pm.

"We offer a complete package for weddings, the only hotel in the city that does so, including accommodation, venue, food and beverage package it means that the couple have a flat, per head cost and room for them to add their own personal touches to their special day," he said.

When it comes to conferences, the variety of rooms available is sure to please. Each room has high speed data connectivity, data projector and standard resources, Metro offers conference packages.

Mr Muir is no stranger to hospitality, starting out with the hotel scene around backpackers in Europe, working in resorts in far North Queensland and with Rick Stein, Alistair McLeod and other well-known chefs.

"I have been here for a year now and it is a very rewarding opportunity," he said.

Metro Hotels is the public face of Transmetro Corporation, an Australian owned public company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. The group currently provides a national accommodation network of properties, with more than 1000 rooms in key locations and major cities across Australia.

Visit Metro Hotel Ipswich International during the festival celebrations on May 2. For more details phone 3812 8077.