Last month the Gold Coast hosted the Australian Tourism Exchange, Australia’s largest annual travel and tourism business-to-business event, for the first time in its 37-year history.
Around 1,500 Australian Seller delegates from approximately 500 companies, 600 key Buyer delegates from over 30 countries, and over 80 international and Australian media attended this global event at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Several members of the Connecting Southern Gold Coast board toured through the halls during the event, showcasing Australia’s, and the Gold Coast’s, best tourism product to the world.
It was certainly a coup for the city to host this important event, and particularly timely in the lead up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, giving local operators the chance to meet and connect with international buyers before the influx of visitors descend on our city for this historic event in less than two years’ time.
Congratulations to Tourism Australia, Tourism Events Queensland and Gold Coast Tourism and everyone involved in putting on such a great event to showcase our city which will surely resonate in the minds of all delegates and participants for years to come.
Next year’s ATE event will be staged in Darling Harbour at the upgraded Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre.