Tourist numbers continue to soar

Australia’s tourism industry continues to go from strength-to-strength with a record 8.4 million international travellers flocking to our shores over the last year.   International travellers are also spending record amounts with $42.5 billion injected into the local economy, a 5 per cent spike on the previous year.   Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment…

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Australia ratifies the TPP-11

Joint release with Prime Minister Scott Morrison  Australia has today ratified the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11) trade agreement giving our farmers access to more markets, greater opportunities for our businesses, more jobs and increased investment. Australia is the sixth country to ratify the agreement, meaning it can now enter into force on 30 December this year.…

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Australia joins major trade agreement on government procurement

Australia has been accepted to join the World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) overnight, ensuring Australian businesses can compete for government contracts in more markets around the world. After three years of negotiations, GPA parties unanimously agreed to Australia’s final offer to accede to the agreement, which will give Australian businesses the opportunity…

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TPP-11 to open new doors for Aussie farmers and businesses

Joint release with Prime Minister Scott Morrison  Australian farmers, businesses and investors will get access to new markets across the Americas and Asia, with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11) Agreement passing Parliament today.   The Agreement means more market access for our farmers, greater opportunities for our businesses, more jobs and increased investment for Australia.  …

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Perth to play host to major business events showcase

Perth will get the opportunity to lure in more international travellers after it was selected to host Australia’s largest business and incentive events showcase.   Dreamtime is Australia’s signature event for showcasing business and incentive experiences to international business events buyers and media. Incentive travel is used by businesses around the world to recognise, reward and motivate their employees.  …

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New market opportunities driving Australian business optimism

Australian exporters are expecting to employ more workers, are predicting better financial positons and anticipating access to more markets, according to the results of the latest Australian International Business Survey (AIBS).   The AIBS provides a unique insight into the perceptions of internationally-engaged Australian businesses, with a particular focus on small and medium-sized businesses.  …

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Regional tourism and jobs the big winner in new funding round

Joint release with Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack  Regional tourism and local jobs are front and centre of the latest round of the Building Better Regions Fund, with regional Australia set to share in $200 million for local infrastructure and community-building projects. Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals’ Leader and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development…

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More Aussies choosing to holiday on our own shores

Aussies are choosing to holiday in their own backyard and are spending record amounts, according to the latest National Visitor Survey.   The results show visitor spending by Australians soared to a record $67.5 billion, an increase of eight per cent and Australians took a record 100.3 million domestic overnight trips during the year ending…

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Brisbane wins bid to host major aviation conference

The Liberal National Government’s Business Events Bid Fund Program has helped Brisbane secure the rights to host the 2019 International Air Transport Association (IATA) Slot Conference.   Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham said the IATA conference would bring more than 1,200 aviation professionals from 230 airlines to Brisbane next year.    “An…

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