Queensland tourism operators descend on Sydney for Tourism Exchange

26 Apr 2013 4:36 PMJann Stuckey

Friday, April 26, 2013

More than 100 Queensland tourism operators will arrive in Sydney from today to promote the State to key international travel buyers at the 2013 Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE).

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said ATE was one of the most significant travel trade events on the Australian tourism calendar.

“The Queensland delegation attending this year’s event, which runs from 26–30 April, is the largest of any state or territory and will be hard to miss,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Managed by Tourism Australia, ATE allows Queensland’s tourism industry to increase its share of the important inbound visitor market, creating a forum to showcase products and negotiate deals with more than 700 buyers, including airline representatives, tourism wholesalers and retailers from 47 countries.

“The 112-strong Queensland contingent will include attractions, tour operators and accommodation providers, including 13 Queensland operators attending for the first time.

“Events such as ATE help boost inbound tourism to Queensland, which is our second largest export industry and one of the four pillars of the state economy.

“In 2012, Queensland attracted two million overseas visitors, an increase of five per cent on the year before. These visitors spent $3.8 billion, up two per cent over the previous year.”

Ms Stuckey said Queensland’s holiday experiences would also be showcased directly to the key international buyers who would fan out across the state’s destinations on pre and post event tours.

“Approximately 70 buyers will head to destinations such as Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Tropical North Queensland, Whitsundays, Sunshine Coast and Fraser Coast regions to gain first-hand knowledge of Queensland’s world-class tourism offerings which they can sell to their markets back home,” she said.

A list of Queensland tourism operators attending ATE 2013 is available on request.

[ENDS] 26 April 2013