Region to be put in tourism spotlight this week

WHEN you think of the Bundaberg North Burnett region, what comes to mind?

Turtles, great food experiences, beaches, ginger beer and rum?

All of these and more are being promoted at an international tourism exchange in Melbourne this week.

Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism have joined the cream of Australia's tourism industry in Melbourne this week for the Australian Tourism Exchange which sees around 700 key travel industry representatives from over 30 countries and 80 international and global media converge to talk everything Australia.

This is the most important business to business tourism event in the southern hemisphere.

Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism is focusing on promoting the great visitor experiences in the region by meeting with key international buyers from Germany, United Kingdom, France, Singapore, Malaysia, China and New Zealand to encourage them to visit our region.

This is the fourth year that BNBT has attended this important international tourism event in partnership with fellow regional tourism organisations, Gladstone and Capricorn regions under the destination marketing banner of Southern Great Barrier Reef.

General manager Rick Matkowski said it was a great opportunity to get in front of the right people on the world stage.

"We have secured over 150 appointments with key tourism buyers across both the western and eastern hemisphere markets over the four days," Mr Matkowski said.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the Bundaberg North Burnett and the Southern Great Barrier Reef and continue to build on the strong relationships we have established with key wholesale, retail and airline agents interested in our destination both domestically and internationally" he said.

The Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE), the annual event for promoting Australia's world-class tourism experiences to the global travel distribution network and is held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from the 21 to 

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