Gold Coast to host major tourism conference
29 August 2018
More than 400 Asian travel agents and Australian tourism businesses have descended on the Gold Coast this week for one of the city’s largest business-to-business tourism events.
Assistant Tourism Industry Development Minister Meaghan Scanlon said Corroboree Asia 2018 formed part of the line-up of business events secured for the Gold Coast following the successful Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“Just months after hosting the Commonwealth Games, the Trade 2018 program and a 7000-strong business delegation by Chinese personal health care giant Infinitus, the Gold Coast is hosting Tourism Australia’s Corroboree Asia 2018,” she said.
“The momentum of the games continues to build. Staging this event on the Gold Coast reinforces our city’s position as one of Queensland’s major business event hubs.
“Travel agents play an important role in helping tourists decide their next destination. We’re working tirelessly to build the profile of the Gold Coast in Asia – Hosting Corroboree Asia helps us do just that.
“It gives us a unique platform to showcase our visitor experiences to influential international frontline travel specialists based in Queensland’s key Asian markets.”
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said it was the third year running Tourism Australia had chosen the Gold Coast to host one of its key tourism trade events with the inaugural Corroboree West tourism event in 2017 following the Australian Tourism Exchange in 2016.
“We’re seeing burgeoning outbound travel from Asia. This region is vitally important when it comes to our strategy to grow Queensland’s $25 billion tourism industry,” she said.
“We’re committed to increasing our share of the lucrative Asian tourism market, which injected $2.9 billion into the state’s economy in the year ending March 2018.
“That’s why the Palaszczuk Government is investing record funding in the tourism sector, including an extra $180 million over the next year.”
Destination Gold Coast CEO Annaliese Battista said the Gold Coast was thrilled to have been awarded destination hosting rights for a second inaugural Corroboree event.
“Entrusting Destination Gold Coast to host back-to-back trade events for key international visitor markets including Asia, has afforded us an invaluable opportunity to showcase our diverse tourism portfolio,” Ms Battista said.
“This is a great vote of confidence from Tourism Australia, and reinforces the Gold Coast as world-class tourism and major events destination.”
Corroboree Asia 2018 will see a strong contingent of 38 Queensland tourism businesses represented including 16 from the Gold Coast.