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September 23, 2015

AACB Applauds Appointment of New Minister for Tourism

Senator Richard ColbeckThe Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) has announced its congratulations to Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck on his new position as minister for tourism and international education.

According to Tourism Research Australia, the business events sector in Australia is currently worth $13 billion, and the AACB plans to work with the new minister to achieve its “Tourism 2020” goal of $16 billion

Deloitte Access Economics described the sector in 2014 as a "high-value, fast-growing component of Australia’s visitor economy with days by international delegates growing at twice the pace of overall visitation over the last four years and expenditure growing nearly five times faster.” 
“We thank the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, minister for trade and investment, for his recognition and understanding of the benefits that business events bring over and above their immediate economic contribution,” said Lyn Lewis-Smith, AACB president. “Moving forward, Ministers Robb and Bishop will continue to be important advocates for the business events sector within Cabinet, acknowledging the important contribution that they play in economic diplomacy and fostering trade and investment outcomes.”
AACB promotes business events as a key mechanism to stimulate economic growth through the knowledge economy, and has been a strong advocate for the “beyond tourism” benefits of business events, such as: attracting global talent, knowledge transfer, fostering innovation, boosting productivity and nurturing research collaboration.
AACB says it is also looking forward to engaging with the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, the newly appointed minister for industry, innovation and science, as well as the Hon Wyatt Roy MP, assistant minister for innovation; the Hon Karen Andrews MP, assistant minister for science; and the Hon Dr. Peter Hendy MP, assistant minister for productivity.

Visit www.aacb.org.au 

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