This year's ATEC Meeting Place has a number of new initiatives to help grow tourism businesses.
BRISBANE - More than 450 export tourism industry leaders from across Australia are gathering in Brisbane this week for the Australian Tourism Export Council's (ATEC) annual Meeting Place event.
Taking place at venues across Brisbane, with the main program held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, this year's event will be the largest on record and is recognised as the premier B2B and conferencing event for the export tourism industry.
This year's Meeting Place conference programme - themed "Into the Future" - features a strong line-up of thought leaders and industry insiders who will lead discussions on current global issues affecting the travel industry.
"Representatives from tourism councils in South Africa, New Zealand and Europe will provide insights into the global marketplace and share their experiences, while local inbound operators will unravel some of the complexities of our inbound marketplace, providing valuable insights into the performance of our key inbound tourism markets over the next 12 months - including China, North America, UK/Europe, Japan and India," said ATEC managing director Peter Shelley.
"This year's Meeting Place also has a number of new initiatives including the Marketplace exhibition area featuring a range of business tools to help grow tourism businesses."
Queensland's Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said hosting ATEC Meeting Place is an opportunity to showcase Queensland.
"Welcoming Australia's tourism industry to Brisbane for the 2019 ATEC Meeting Place, is a fantastic opportunity to showcase Queensland and drive future growth in our tourism industry" Ms Jones said.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said: "Hosting ATEC Meeting Place is the first step to showcase Brisbane and appeal to influential travel industry buyers who operate in Australia's key international markets.
"On the back of our city's significant transformation, with new luxury hotels, entertainment precincts, restaurants and leisure experiences, we are being internationally recognised as a premium destination and competing with our southern neighbours."