Sydney will be the host destination for the country’s largest annual tourism trade show, Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) in 2017, an event that’s set to attract more than 2,300 delegates from more than 30 countries to NSW.
New South Wales Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said ATE 2017 will provide the perfect opportunity to showcase the newly constructed International Convention Centre (ICC), Australia’s largest exhibition and convention centre.
“This is fantastic news and the NSW Government is delighted to be working with Tourism Australia on delivering a spectacular, world-class tourism event for NSW,” Ayres said.
“In the year ended December 2015, NSW welcomed nearly 87 million overnight international, domestic and day trip visitors who spent more than $30.6 billion in the State – demonstrating NSW’s capacity to compete on a global scale.
“This five day event will generate significant economic benefits to the State while highlighting our iconic attractions, beautiful beaches, outstanding food and wine scene and provide delegates from overseas and across Australia with the chance to explore Sydney and the breathtaking surrounding regions of NSW.
“We look forward to showcasing our incredible State during ATE 2017, set to provide delegates with a forum for Australian tourism businesses to display their products, make overseas contacts and negotiate deals,” he said.
Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said ATE presents a great opportunity to bring the tourism industry together.
“Our wonderful State never fails to impress and I am excited by the tourism opportunities that ATE 2017 will bring to Sydney and Regional NSW, cementing our position as one of the world’s most desirable tourism and business event destinations,” she said.
Australian Tourism Exchange 2017 will be held from 14-18 May 2017.