Games walking tours have a British flavour

The Brisbane Greeters are getting into the spirit of the Commonwealth Games by launching special British-themed walking tours.

The “greets” will celebrate the arrival of the English team for its pre-Games training camp in the city and showcase Brisbane to UK visitors arriving for the Games.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the greets would highlight surprising and little-known stories about the ties between the UK and Brisbane and reveal why so many people think the city is a great place to live, work and relax.

“The Brisbane Greeters are part of our city’s welcoming committee and greets are a great way for Commonwealth Games visitors to experience Brisbane’s friendly character and enjoyable lifestyle,” Cr Quirk said.

“While it’s generally known that Brisbane’s CBD streets are named after members of the British Royal Family, many people don’t realise South Brisbane streets are named after former British prime ministers including Earl Grey.

“Many people also don’t know that Sir Thomas Brisbane, our city’s namesake, was of Scottish decent and the first astronomer to chart all the stars in the Southern Hemisphere.

“And it’s not widely known that the real-life hero who inspired James Bond heralded from Ipswich – or that Agatha Christie once holidayed in our region.”

Cr Quirk said the greet was developed in consultation with the British Consulate to reflect the historical relationship and modern partnership between Brisbane and the UK.

“The new British-themed greet is reflective of other activations that focus on Brisbane’s history and cultural diversity,” he said.

“The walking tours telling Brisbane’s German story are a hit during our annual Oktoberfest festival. Other nationality-based greets proving popular include Greek greets staged with the Paniyiri festival, and the ongoing focus on Brisbane’s Indigenous history.

“The British greets will build on Brisbane’s overarching story and showcase our city to visitors from the UK, which is our third-most-important international tourism market with 122,000 arrivals in the year ending September.”

The British Greets begin this week and will be offered indefinitely as part of the Greeters’ services after the Games.

Since the Brisbane Greeters program was launched in 2012, its friendly ambassadors have welcomed more than 60,000 visitors to the city.

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