Australian Tourism Exchange to hit Dubbo

Dubbo and Taronga Western Plains Zoo will be showcased on the world stage this month as part of the country’s largest annual tourism trade event.

The Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) brings together Australian tourism businesses, tourism wholesalers and retailers from around the world through a combination of scheduled business appointments and networking events, with Dubbo and Mudgee on this year’s itinerary.

Dubbo MP Troy Grant said the initiative would boost local tourism economies.

“We are delighted to be placing Dubbo and Mudgee in the global spotlight and showcasing our wonderful tourism products which continue to draw visitors back year after year,” Mr Grant said.

“From wine tasting at local cellar doors to an overnight stay at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, these visits will provide international travel buyers the chance to discover what’s on offer in our beautiful region and enable them to promote NSW products and experiences to their clients in overseas markets.

“Growing tourism in regional NSW is a key priority for the government and as the member for Dubbo, I’m committed to ensuring this region reaps the benefits of the government’s record investment in the industry.”

Tourism and Major Events Minister Adam Marshall said regional tourism contributed $15 billion in total visitor expenditure to the NSW economy.

“We are entering an exciting time for tourism in NSW, with record numbers of visitors flying into Sydney and then onto rural and regional NSW, turbocharging our local economies, generating jobs and driving investment in our communities,” Mr Marshall said.

“As a country minister I am determined to share the best of the bush and our scenic coastline with the world, and we look forward to welcoming more visitors to Dubbo and Mudgee as a result of this fantastic promotional program.”