For the first time Brisbane will host the inbound tourism industry’s flagship event the Australian Tourism Export Council’s Meeting Place, where more than 400 export tourism leaders head to Queensland from the 25 to 27 November.

Managing Director of Australian Tourism Export Council Peter Shelley said Meeting Place was an invaluable opportunity for Brisbane and Queensland to profile its latest tourism offerings. “Meeting Place is the platform where the people who sell Australia to the world come to hear about the latest and most exciting new product available. We are excited to be bringing Meeting Place to Brisbane as the city has seen some great new developments that will appeal to the international market and our suppliers will have the opportunity to take a close look at these new products,” Peter said.

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said securing Meeting Place for Brisbane demonstrated the strength of the state’s tourism industry. “This is another coup for Queensland. To be hosting Australian Tourism Export Council’s Meeting Place in Brisbane for the first time just goes to show how much we are developing this state’s reputation as a world-class events destination,” Kate said.

With seven hotel refurbishments or new openings in the Brisbane area in the past year and the new Howard Smith Wharves precinct, the city is ripe for the inbound tourist and it is the perfect time to be raising its international profile.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Meeting Place would enable Brisbane tourism operators to build connections with companies that sold leisure products and experiences in Australia’s key international markets.

Meeting Place will take place from the 24 to 27 November at venues across Brisbane, with the main program occurring at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. It will incorporate some of Brisbane’s most contemporary and exciting venues allowing the city to fully showcase its accommodation, restaurant, transport and conference offering.

The event is being supported by Tourism and Events Queensland, Brisbane Marketing and Brisbane Airport Corporation.

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