Tourism Australia in partnership with Destination New South Wales marked the 38th year of Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) an annual travel and tourism business-to-business event, which took place from May 15-18 at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Sydney.
The event was attended by over 2,500 travel industry delegates from over 30 countries, with participation from 20 Indian travel companies.
ATE focuses on building future tourism opportunities for the country. The event was kicked off with an objective to showcase products directly to tourism wholesalers and retailers from around the world, through a combination of scheduled business appointments and networking events.
Commenting on the occasion, Nishant Kashikar, Country Manager- India & Gulf, Tourism Australia, said, “Arrivals from India have seen a significant hike in the last few years and platforms such as the ATE play a huge role in making that happen. Over 20 buyers representing as many companies from India attended ATE17 providing them an incredible opportunity to connect with Australian tourism businesses. We believe this platform will help them curate the best of Australian holiday experiences for our Indian travel enthusiasts.”
Companies that represented India at ATE17 included Ascon Travels, Cox & Kings, Cutting Edge, Discover your World, FCM Travel Solutions, Grand Travel Planners, Pathfinders Holidays, Peekay Holidays, Pristine Travels, SOTC, Vibrant Holidays, Voyageur Lifestyles, among others.
Currently, India is Australia’s ninth largest inbound tourism market, with over 260,000 visitors spending AUD 1.24 billion as at December 2016. The country has also recorded a double-digit growth in tourist arrivals over the past three years.