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ATEC shines on the Coast

IN a first for the Sunshine Coast more than 350 inbound tourism operators and tourism professionals from around the country attended the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) Symposium, last week.     The Symposium held at Coolum Golf and Spa included a comprehensive conference program, a Sunshine Coast Dine Around program, Destination Showcase, a VIP experience for four lucky golden buyers and pre and post familiarisation programs.   Business Events Sunshine Coast manager, Pippa McCreery said, “This is the first time the Sunshine Coast has hosted ATEC Symposium and in true Sunshine Coast style, delegates left naturally refreshed.    “This type of event proves we have what it takes as a destination to host more than just a conference but offer an experience for business event delegations.   The Destination Showcase, an exciting new addition to the program format included a Destination Showcase breakfast event featuring a colourful explosion of entertainment, attractions, diversity of local cuisine, artisans and demonstrations overlooking Noosa main beach.   70 operators participated in a series of pre and post, Sunshine Coast Destination tours of the entire region, a program that included a trip to Fraser Island.    Four lucky golden buyers were treated to a luxury VIP experience including private transfers, spa treatments and an exclusive private tour of Richard Branson’s Makepeace Island.     The ‘Dining Around’ the Sunshine Coast program, custom made for the ATEC conference, allowed delegates to get a taste of the region’s dining ambience, service and unique quality of cuisine.    Restaurants involved were Fish on Parkyn, The Loose Goose, Embassy XO, Pitchfork, Wasabi, Berardo’s, Ricky’s and the Spirit House and included menus and specials specifically prepared for the tourism industry.    “This type of event is timely as we cement our position as a viable and competitive business events destination,” added McCreery.Pictured above are the golden buyers enjoying an exclusive event with Sunshine Coast tourism industry representatives at Makepeace Island. IN a first for the Sunshine Coast more than 350 inbound tourism operators and tourism professionals from around the country attended the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) Symposium, last week.
The Symposium held at Coolum Golf and Spa included a comprehensive conference program, a Sunshine Coast Dine Around program, Destination Showcase, a VIP experience for four lucky golden buyers and pre and post familiarisation programs.
Business Events Sunshine Coast manager, Pippa McCreery said, “This is the first time the Sunshine Coast has hosted ATEC Symposium and in true Sunshine Coast style, delegates left naturally refreshed.
“This type of event proves we have what it takes as a destination to host more than just a conference but offer an experience for business event delegations.
The Destination Showcase, an exciting new addition to the program format included a Destination Showcase breakfast event featuring a colourful explosion of entertainment, attractions, diversity of local cuisine, artisans and demonstrations overlooking Noosa main beach.
70 operators participated in a series of pre and post, Sunshine Coast Destination tours of the entire region, a program that included a trip to Fraser Island.
Four lucky golden buyers were treated to a luxury VIP experience including private transfers, spa treatments and an exclusive private tour of Richard Branson’s Makepeace Island.
The ‘Dining Around’ the Sunshine Coast program, custom made for the ATEC conference, allowed delegates to get a taste of the region’s dining ambience, service and unique quality of cuisine.
Restaurants involved were Fish on Parkyn, The Loose Goose, Embassy XO, Pitchfork, Wasabi, Berardo’s, Ricky’s and the Spirit House and included menus and specials specifically prepared for the tourism industry.
“This type of event is timely as we cement our position as a viable and competitive business events destination,” added McCreery.
Pictured above are the golden buyers enjoying an exclusive event with Sunshine Coast tourism industry representatives at Makepeace Island.
 
 
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