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Whitsundays to host Corroboree Greater China 2015

03 December 2014

One of Australia’s largest annual international tourism trade events will return to Queensland in 2015 with the Whitsundays confirmed to host Tourism Australia’s Corroboree Greater China event.

More than 200 leading travel agents from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan will be hosted on Hamilton Island from 12-15 May, participating in a three-day workshop, followed by a day exploring the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays tourism attractions. 

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey, said the event, supported by the State Government, will provide an immediate boost to the Whitsundays’ economy while generating ongoing benefits for the state’s tourism industry.

“The inaugural Corroboree Greater China, staged on the Gold Coast in 2014, was a proven success offering Queensland tourism operators a fantastic opportunity to meet with ‘Aussie Specialist’ travel agents from one of Queensland’s most important international markets. 

“China is Queensland’s largest international market by visitor expenditure, with travellers spending $583 million in the state last financial year, a seven per cent increase on the year prior.

“Tourism Australia’s decision to host Corroboree Greater China for the second consecutive year in Queensland demonstrates the state’s growing appeal as a holiday destination amongst Chinese visitors.

“Corroboree Greater China will assist in our goal to grow overnight visitor expenditure to $30 billion by developing a productive link between Queensland’s tourism businesses and the Chinese distribution network.

Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan said the event will support the local economy and help grow the profile of the region. 

“More than 400 people in total will attend Corroboree, including Greater China’s top travel agents, Australian tourism operators and media. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the Whitsundays and forge long-term relationships.

“The region is renowned for its 74 island wonders and iconic landscapes in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Visiting delegates will be spoilt for choice when exploring the area.”

[ENDS] 3 December 2014

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