Australia records bumper trade surplus in 2018

The Liberal-National Government has today welcomed data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing Australia recorded a $22.2 billion trade surplus in 2018, which is the highest ever for a calendar year.   Australia’s two-way trade in goods and services also hit a record high of $854 billion in 2018.   Australia continues to successfully…

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Positioning Australia’s tourism industry for the future

Consultations are now open on Australia’s next national tourism strategy, with industry stakeholders encouraged to have their say on a draft report developed by the Beyond Tourism 2020 Steering Committee.   Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham urged stakeholders, from local and state governments to peak industry bodies and individual tourism operators to…

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Tourism Australia Board appointments

I am pleased to announce two new appointments to the Tourism Australia Board, Mr John Hart and Mr Jeffrey Ellison, and the reappointment of Ms Hayley Baillie for another term.   Mr Hart brings extensive leadership experience from the hospitality industry, where he has over 30 years’ experience in operational, human resources and industrial relations…

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Visit to the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Belgium, Switzerland and the United States

I will visit the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Switzerland and the United States from 19 to 26 January to pursue Australia’s economic and trade interests with government leaders, business and major international organisations. The UAE is Australia’s largest trade and investment partner in the Middle East and meetings with my UAE counterparts…

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