Lo­cal busi­nesses out in force at pre­mier tourism show

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jessie Tol­son

A LARGE con­tin­gent of lo­cal busi­nesses trav­elled to Syd­ney last week to at­tend Aus­tralia’s pre­mier tourism trade event, the Aus­tralian Tourism Ex­change.

The ATE is the largest in­ter­na­tional travel trade show of its kind in the south­ern hemi­sphere and more than 20 op­er­a­tors from the Dou­glas re­gion made the ef­fort to pro­mote the re­gion.

Or­gan­ised by Tourism Aus­tralia, the busi­ness-to-busi­ness event pro­vides a fo­rum for Aus­tralian tourism busi­nesses to show­case their prod­ucts, meet over­seas con­tacts and ne­go­ti­ate busi­ness deals.

More than 700 in­ter­na­tional buy­ers from 40 dif­fer­ent coun­tries meet with Aus­tralian tourism op­er­a­tors in up to 100,000 busi­ness ap­point­ments and pro­vides the in­ter­na­tional travel trade with the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence Aus­tralia first hand.

Tourism Port Dou­glas and Dain­tree ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Doug Ryan said it was a busy cou­ple of days of net­work­ing and ap­point­ments.

‘‘With around 22 op­er­a­tors and 30 staff our re­gion had one of the big­gest sub-re­gional pres­ences at ATE 2013,’’ he said.

‘‘And with ATE in Cairns next year it is sure to have bumper at­ten­dance from the Dou­glas re­gion.’’

With ATE an­nounced to be in Cairns next year, the whole Far North re­gion will be vis­ited by more than 700 in­ter­na­tional buy­ers.

Sh­eryn Blund­stone from the Penin­sula Bou­tique Ho­tel said it was a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘It was a fab­u­lous event and the first time in about seven years that the ATE have com­bined the east and west mod­ules, giv­ing ev­ery­one the op­por­tu­nity to get to­gether with the Asian mar­kets,’’ she said.

‘‘We had the op­por­tu­nity to touch base with won­der­ful con­tacts that we al­ready have a good rap­port with and also to iden­tify my tar­get mar­kets.’’

Other lo­cal busi­nesses who at­tended ATE in­cluded Po­sei­don/ Sail­away and the Sher­a­ton Mi­rage.

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