ATEC Awards finalists announced!

The ATEC Awards are now closed! The winners will be announced at the ATEC Meeting Place Gala Dinner on Wednesday 30 November 2016. Recognition is such an important part of what we do in the tourism export sector.  Our most important asset is our people and many work tirelessly both in their own businesses and for the greater benefit of the broader industry. The finalists have been announced....  Read more here.

Meeting Place almost full!

ATEC officially launches Meeting Place 2016, this year taking place in the nation's capital, Canberra.  Don't miss out - register here  today!

ATEC @ Amora for National Board Meeting

 ATEC National Board were hosted recently at the impressive Amora Hotel Jamison  in Sydney.  Key discussion items included Meeting Place 2016, ATEC political engagement at MP16 and the 50 Years of Inbound Tourism - an exciting milestone for our industry in 2017.  

Industry leaders' luncheon aboard Sydney 2000

Around 40 industry leaders gathered aboard Captain Cook/Sealink's Sydney 2000 to hear from NSW Minister for Trade, Investment, Tourism & Major Events, Stuart Ayres.  Minister Ayres addressed the group of ATEC NSW guests and highlighted the focus the NSW government is placing on tourism exports.  CEO of Sydney's newest impressive infrastructure, the International Convention Centre Geoff Donaghy gave guests an insight into the development and the impending opening of the facility in December. Pictured below are L-R: Anthony Haworth, General Manager Sealink/Captain Cook; Hon. Stuart Ayres; Geoff Donaghy, CEO ICC Sydney; Peter Shelley, MD ATEC.


Best of Queensland sparkles at CoSE

The "best ever" Best of Queensland wrapped up at Qantas' Centre of Service Excellence in Sydney last week which saw over 60 leading tourism supplier products from across Queensland meet with  ATEC's inbound tour operator members. Feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive and we extend our thanks to Qantas, Tourism & Events Queensland and all the participants for showcasing wonderful product at this popular event. 

Canberra to host leading international tourism conference in 2016

The ACT will this year play host to the Australian Tourism Export Council’s (ATEC) annual industry event, bringing more than 400 export tourism leaders to the nation's capital in November.

In a joint announcement with VisitCanberra, ATEC’s Managing Director, Peter Shelley said the organisation’s annual Meeting Place Conference will take place on November 29th-30th at QT Canberra, and involve many of Canberra's iconic attractions including Parliament House and the National Museum of Australia. Pictured above is the ATEC ACT Branch Committee, with Chairperson Karen Dempster, ATEC MD Peter Shelley and Branch Manager Mel Swain.

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Move over primary industry, tourism's future is Australia's best asset

1 Feb 17 | Australia’s export tourism industry is more valuable to the national economy than coal or rural exports, and with international tourism spending growing at more than 10% a year, the future looks extraordinary ...More >>

Industry welcomes an end to uncertainty

28 Nov 16 | Australia's tourism industry is ready to get back to business, welcoming an end to the ongoing debate over the rate of the 'backpacker tax' which looks set to pass through the Senate this week...More >>

Senate backpacker amendment a fair outcome

24 Nov 16 | The amendment to the Working Holiday Maker Reform Bill proposed in the Senate should be supported by the government as it delivers certainty around the tax rate and will allow the tourism industry to get back to business...More >>

The future is choice for tourism success

18 Nov 16 | The future success of individual tourism businesses depends on the choices they offer customers and ensuring each customer experience is personalised, according to digital futurist, Chris Riddell. Mr Riddell, who will be a keynote speaker at ATEC's Meeting Place event in Canberra later this month says visitors seeking tourism experiences are focused on how one business can deliver a better experience from the next...More >>

Industry welcomes move to take the PMC off the table

8 Nov 16 | The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) welcomes reports that Labor and the crossbench will take the $5 increase to the passenger movement charge (PMC) off the table, along with proposals to amend the Government's 19% backpacker tax to 10.5%...More >>

Unbundle the PMC from the backpacker tax package

3 Nov 16 | ATEC Managing Director, Peter Shelley, has called for the passenger movement charge (PMC) to be unbundled from the working holiday maker reform package which as presented by the Federal government in September...More >>

Brit backpacker campaign puts back the welcome mat

26 Oct 16 | With the number of backpackers and youth visitors to Australia in severe decline, the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) welcomes a new Tourism Australia campaign launched by the Minister for Trade, Tourism & Investment Steven Ciobo in London overnight aimed at re-engaging this market, including working holiday makers...More >>

Inbound Up North opens the door on international tourism markets

17 Oct 16 | The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) will hold the 17th annual Inbound Up North event, a three-day program of meetings and networking events aimed at raising the profile of the region as an international tourism destination...More >>

Arrivals figures reveal Australia hot for US, Japan & South Korea 

10 Oct 16 | Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures released this morning show Australia is a hot destination for visitors from the United States, Japan & South Korea, with all these markets showing remarkable growth over the past 12 months...More >>

Tourism disappointed by PMC hit 

27 Sep 16 | Australia's tourism industry is disappointed at today's announcement by the Turnbull government to raise the passenger movement charge (PMC) by five dollars, hitting international visitors and travelling Australians with a $60 exit tax from July next year...More >>

Australian holidays hot but working holiday maker result worrying

31 Aug 16 | International visitors are loving Australia with a record number of holiday-makers hitting our shores, and the USA is registering its strongest year of holiday visitor number growth... More >>

Qantas results reveal strength of Australian tourism

24 Aug 16 | The remarkable 2016 profit results released today by Qantas shows the success of Australia's tourism export industry has far-reaching impact, with Qantas International showing a $1 billion turnaround from its 2014 results... More >>

ATEC welcomes new Federal ministry

18 Jul 16 | The Australian Tourism Export Council today welcomed the new Federal Government Ministry and the opportunity to work with new Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism & Investment, Keith Pitt... More >>

Strong tourism forecasts with upwardly revised forecasts

14 Jul 16 | Australian tourism is recording all round success, with the latest forecasts showing the industry is well on track with an upward revision on previous forecasts and inbound visitation leading growth. More >>

Now is the time to bury the backpacker tax

13 Jul 16 | The Australian Tourism Export Council today called on the government to bury the backpacker tax amid calls in the Nationals Party Room to scrap the retrograde proposal which threatens the successful future of Australia's tourism industryMore >>

NSW Budget supporting export tourism growth

21 Jun 16 | Today’s NSW Budget delivers a solid boost to the State’s ability to harness international tourism through additional funding for Destination NSW, international events and a focus on small business export capacity. More >>

Best of Queensland’s tourism revealed at Sydney showcase

20 Jun 16 | The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) and Qantas will put Queensland tourism products in front of key international markets this week during business to business workshops taking place in Sydney. More >>

ATEC releases Online Health & Safety Checklist

8 Jun 16 | In a move that will streamline administration requirements for the Australian inbound tourism industry, the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) yesterday released its Online Health & Safety Checklist, which will provide a one-stop information point for the collection of business H&S information for suppliers and wholesalers. More >>

Parties must support tourism's growth potential

1 Jun 16 | The Australian Tourism Export Council has called all political parties to recognise the significance of our tourism export industry to the overall success of our economy by supporting policies which enable tourism businesses to maximise their growth potential. More >>

Tax delay an opportunity to build a stronger backpacker industry

17 May 16 | Today’s announcement by the Turnbull Government that it will delay the introduction of a 32.5% ‘backpacker tax’ is a move welcomed by Australia’s export tourism industry, ATEC Managing Director, Peter Shelley said. More >>

ATEC International Ready launched at ATE

16 May 16 | Members of the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) attending this week’s Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) on the Gold Coast will be displaying a new symbol that represents their commitment to business excellence in the international tourism marketplace. More >>

Government must clarify future of backpacker tax

13 May 16 | As hundreds of Australia’s tourism businesses converge at the country's biggest annual travel and tourism B2B event, the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE), the industry needs clarification on the future of the potentially destructive ‘backpacker tax’, due to be introduced the day before the Federal Election. More >>

Tourism industry will continue fight against backpacker tax

3 May 16 | The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC), is extremely disappointed the Government will push ahead with its decision to raise taxes on backpacker visitors, who will now pay a marginal tax rate of 32.5% from their first dollar earned, further encouraging them to take their holiday in New Zealand. More >>

Workshops support Tasmanian export tourism market

29 Apr 16 | The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) in partnership with Tourism Tasmania, is hosting a series of industry workshops this weekend to help put Tasmanian tourism products in front of key international markets. More >>

Budget must support tourism to stay internationally competitive

28 Apr 16 | The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) today called on the Turnbull Government to strengthen the success of Australia’s tourism industry by delivering a budget free of increases to taxes and charges which would negatively affect its strong growth. More >>

Airport expansion to help boost International Visitation to Tasmania

22 Apr 16 | The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has welcomed the announcement of the extension of Hobart Airport, which will open up access to more carriers and help increase the appeal of Tasmania as an international destination. More >>

New visa rules open door to more Chinese visitors

14 Apr 16 | The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) today welcomed Prime Minister Turnbull’s announcement of improved visa arrangements for Chinese tourists as a strong step forward in supporting the growth of this valuable export market. More >>

Discover SA brings international tourism markets to Adelaide

8 Apr 16 | The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC)  in partnership with South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC), this week hosted a program of meetings, events and familiarisations aimed at raising the profile of the state as an international tourism destination. More >>

New program helps businesses connect to international tourism boom

6 Apr 16 | The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has launched a new program to help businesses connect with the $36.6 bn international tourism market, one of Australia’s fastest growing exports. The Know-How for Inbound Tourism Excellence (KITE) program, was launched in Perth today by ATEC’s Chairman, Denis Pierce during Tourism Australia’s industry briefing program. More >>

Canberra to host leading international tourism conference in 2016

5 Apr 16 | The ACT will this year play host to the Australian Tourism Export Council’s (ATEC) annual industry event, bringing more than 400 export tourism leaders to the nation's capital in November. More >>

ATEC welcomes new tourism appointments

12 Nov 15 | ATEC today welcomed the announcement of three new Directors to the Board of Tourism Australia, an important group of industry and business leaders tasked with maximising the potential of the export tourism industry into the future. More >>

Tourism welcomes positive outcome to ChAFTA

22 Oct 15 | The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) today welcomed an agreement between the Government and Opposition which will ensure the passage of the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) through the Australian parliament. More >>

ATEC Welcomes Reinstatement of Tourism to Ministerial Level

21 Sep 15 | The Australian Tourism Export Council today welcomed the reinstatement of a tourism portfolio in the new Turnbull ministerial line-up, saying it was a positive sign of support for the strength of the industry. More >>

Tourism Industry Supports Free Trade Agreement and Local Jobs

2 Sep 15 | A united group representing tourism businesses across Australia have today condemned union campaigning against the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), saying it threatens the future success our promising export industry. More >>

EMDG Supported in Government Review

21 Aug 15 | ATEC has today welcomed recommendations outlined in the review of Australia’s Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) program which calls for funding to the successful program to be lifted to $175 million over the next three years. More >>

Productivity Report Highlights Opportunities to Improve Tourism Success

14 Aug 15 | ATEC today welcomed the draft Productivity Report released this week, Barriers to Growth in Service Exports, which provides policy tweaks which, if implemented, would support the future growth of Australia’s export tourism industry. More >>

ATEC Market Monitor Reveals Strengths in Export Market

7 Aug 15 | With the Overseas Arrivals & Departures figures due out today, ATEC’s Managing Director, Peter Shelley said the industry expects yet another round of positive growth from the ABS figures. More >>


29 July 15 | Australian tourism has reached stellar heights with a record $32.5 billion in international spend, a growth of 10% year on year, positioning tourism as one of Australia’s leading exports. More >>


 25 June 15 | ATEC and AccorHotels have continued their corporate partnership relationship with the signing of another annual agreement at ATE this week. More >>


24 June 15 | As part of its focus on delivering practical value to its members and the tourism industry, ATEC has today launched the new Tourism Export ‘Know-How’ training and mentoring program, the first stage of which will roll out in Western Australia.  More >>


18  June 15 | A new ten year, multiple entry visa for Chinese visitors will be a major bonus in helping Australian tourism gain greater share of this growing international visitor market, ATEC Managing Director, Peter Shelley said today.

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10 June 15 | ATEC today welcomed the announcement that Qantas and American Airlines will expand their flight network in a move that will help further boost significant existing growth from the US market.

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 13 May | The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) today welcomed the $36.7 million budget top up announced for Tourism Australia which will help the industry continue on its strong growth path. More >>


5 May | ATEC’s Managing Director, Peter Shelley, today welcomed the announcement that Jetstar will launch a new service from the Gold Coast to China this September. More >>


4 May | ATEC has appointed Jennifer Bruce as its new Industry Development and Education Manager to spearhead the organisation’s education and training platform. Ms Bruce joins the ATEC team from TOGA Far East (TFE) Hotels where she capped off her successful 10 year term in the role of Associate Director of Sales. More >>


30 April | South Australia is poised to take recent record growth in international visitation even further with the right level of investment in destination marketing and a focus on attracting a greater share of the growing tourism dollar. More >>


17 April | Another boost to the WA tourism export sector today with Qantas announcing it will resume its Perth-Singapore route from 26 June 2015 with five return flights operating between the two cities each week. More >>


16 April | Local WA tourism bsuinesses will have access to the latest advice and industry insights to help maximise their inbound tourism opportunities at the International Tourism Marketing Forum to take place this Friday.


26 March | ATEC Managing Director, Peter Shelley today said the South Australian Government's decision to not go ahead with plans to dissolve an important board was a wise move that would protect the future of tourism in the state. More >>


16 March | The falling dollar, demand for our export services and greater productivity in the sector puts the Australian export tourism indistry in a strong position to make the most of any trading advantages negotiated under a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China, ATEC Managing Director, Peter Shelley said today. More >>


16 February | The Baird Government's announcement of a greater commitment to its tourism economy will help connect the state to expected strong tourism growth in 2015 and beyond. More >>