Tourism Australia: 2017 Australian Tourism Exchange to help to bolster Australia’s inbound tourism

    Tourism Australia launched (15-May-2017) the 2017 Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE17) in Sydney, bringing together over 2500 travel industry delegates from more than 30 countries. The event includes 700 travel wholesalers and retailers from 548 companies within Asia-Pacific, the Americas, Continental Europe and the UK. Tourism Australia is working with host-state partner, Destination New South Wales and supported by airline partners Virgin Australia and Etihad Airways to deliver ATE17. Tourism Australia MD John O’Sullivan stated “the economic impact of ATE is significant and will directly help to bolster Australia’s inbound tourism sector, which is already experiencing record growth in international visitor numbers as they exceed more than eight million in 2016 and AUD39 billion (USD29 billion) in visitor expenditure”.