International Tourism Acclaim For S.a.'s Largest Cemetery

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24th August 2009, 06:49pm - Views: 288
International Tourism Acclaim For S.A.'s Largest Cemetery

South Australia's largest cemetery has achieved international tourism acclaim.

Centennial Park Cemetery has featured as one of Adelaide's top tourist attractions in the Los Angeles Times.

In an article assisting readers to stretch their travel dollars further, the LA Times ranks Adelaide at 14th place in a list of the world's most affordable cities.

Adelaide's listing is accompanied by an image of Centennial Park's gardens the only South Australian photograph in the article.

Centennial Park's Chief Executive Officer, Mr Bryan Elliott, said Centennial Park had worked hard to challenge the stereotypes surrounding the cemetery industry.

"Many people think of cemeteries as dark, dreary and depressing places, but at Centennial Park we have bright and colourful gardens and extensive landscaping with water features, trees and flowering plants," he said.

"Centennial Park prides itself on creating a special place where South Australians can remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones.

"We also have a focus on engaging and involving our community by welcoming them
to our grounds.

"We are open to the public 24 hours a day and will hold our annual open day on Sunday 25th October to shed light on some of the mystery that surrounds our industry.

"Earlier this year, Centennial Park hosted a wedding in our gardens. The bride chose us for her wedding ceremony location because, in her words, Centennial Park is "full of life".

"This well and truly shatters the traditional notion of cemeteries.

"Similarly, Centennial Park's focus on environmental sustainability is in contrast to the stereotype.

"We are very pleased to be considered a top Adelaide tourism attraction by the LA Times.

"This reinforces Centennial Park's commitment to evolving and maintaining our focus on life beyond death so that we remain relevant to and valued by our community."

Centennial Park's grounds feature 40 hectares of park with more than 50 themed gardens, 7600 rose bushes and countless other flowering and native plants, 20 fountains, two creeks, an island and 8.2 kilometres of tree-lined avenues including eucalypts, plane trees and chinese elms.

The LA Times article is at www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-leastexpensivepg,
0,6330734.photogallery

Media contact: Bryan Elliott at Centennial Park on 8275 2202 or 0418 810 286.

To obtain a copy of the Centennial Park image published in LA Times, please contact Louise Close at Corporate Conversation on 08 8224 3535 or [email protected]

SOURCE: Centennial Park



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