Highlighting to the world that Australia is open for business

Media release 07 February 2020   The Morrison Government is backing Australia’s largest annual travel and tourism business-to-business event, with Tourism Australia today announcing $6.5 million in initiatives to boost participation at the 2020 Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE). Tourism Australia’s annual ATE event is Australia’s largest tourism trade event, connecting tourism operators from across Australia…

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Australia posts record yearly trade surplus

Media release 06 February 2020   Australia has posted a record trade surplus for the 2019 calendar year, highlighting the importance of our export sector to the nation’s economy. New data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed that Australia posted its largest ever calendar year trade surplus of $67.6 billion, whilst also…

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Australia, Japan and Singapore welcome good progress in WTO electronic commerce negotiations

Media release 28 January 2020   Australia, Japan and Singapore hosted an informal meeting of Ministers on the World Trade Organization (WTO) electronic commerce negotiations in Davos, Switzerland, on 24 January 2020. The meeting discussed building up momentum in the negotiations into and beyond the Twelfth WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12) in June 2020. Ministers welcomed…

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Rebuilding Australian tourism

Joint media release The Hon Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment 19 January 2020   Tourism businesses and fire-affected communities around the country will receive much needed support from the Morrison Government’s National Bushfire Recovery Fund today through an initial $76 million tourism recovery package…

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New data highlights importance of tourism

Media release 17 January 2020 Australia’s tourism sector demonstrated strong growth in the year to September 2019, according to the latest International Visitor Survey and National Visitor Survey data, underscoring the importance of the tourism industry to Australia’s economy. Today’s release from Tourism Research Australia for the year ending September 2019 shows that Australians took…

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Australia’s free trade deal with Hong Kong commences

Joint media release Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment The Hon Mark Coulton MP, Minister for Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government, Assistant Trade and Investment Minister 17 January 2020   More opportunities for Australian businesses and farmers will commence today with the Australia-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement entering into…

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More tariff cuts under Australia’s free trade deals

Australian farmers and businesses will continue to reap the benefits of our free trade agreements with new tariff cuts kicking-off today in our major export markets. Federal Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said the latest round of tariff cuts under our trade agreements with China and South Korea as well as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11) would…

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