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Cairns to host ATEC Meeting Place 2022

For the first time since 2019, Australia’s export tourism industry will meet up in Cairns to celebrate and reconnect during ATEC Meeting Place 2022 (#MP22) running from November 21-24.

More than 420 delegates are already registered to take part in over 4500 business meetings and a comprehensive conference program at the Cairns Convention Centre.  designed to reinvigorate and inspire tourism of the future. 

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The conference keynote address by Director and Co-founder of The Demographics Group, Simon Kuestenmache, one of more than 30 speakers covering the issues affecting the export tourism industry.

Other sessions of note include Mainstreaming Sustainability; Accessible and inclusive tourism; Come say G’day to TA; Attracting future industry leaders, and Distribution – Changes and Challenges 

Along with the conference program, #MP22 will also feature a destination showcase welcome function hosted by Tourism Events Queensland (TEQ), a Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) ‘Tropicool’ Gala Finale and the ATEC Excellence Awards. 

ATEC MD, Peter Shelley

ATEC Managing Director Peter Shelley said Meeting Place is the organisation’s flagship event and always provides an amazing platform for the destination to showcase all it has to offer.

“Cairns is one of our most sought-after destinations for international guests as not only the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef but for the integrated indigenous experiences, tropical climate, the beautiful landscape and the amazing local fauna as well as the highlights of Cairns city itself,” he said. 

TTNQ Chief Executive Officer, Mark Olsen said hosting ATEC Meeting Place 2022 would be a great opportunity to showcase the destination to inbound tour operators. 

“We have more than 30 new experiences in Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef including city walks, reef tours, Indigenous operators and rainforest experiences,” he said. 

“The inbound tour operators will be wowed by the transformation of Cairns with the stunning Esplanade dining precinct, new city hotels and vibrant bar and food scene. 

“Having them experience the region first hand will be integral to rebuilding our key international markets and reclaiming our $1 billion a year export industry.” 

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