Celebrating 30 years

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China Tourism Breakfast Prince Henry Centre

The New Visitor Economy Forum was presented in partnership with Randwick City Council.

In 2014 Australia became the most preferred overseas travel destination for Chinese visitors. During the 2014 calendar year the number of Chinese visitors to Australia grew by 17.8% contributing $5.7 billion  to the Australian economy. According to the Tourism Research Australia International Visitor Survey in the 2014-15 financial year over 75,000  international visitors spent at least one visitor night in Randwick City and 12% of those visitors came from China –  an increase of 40% from the 2012-13 financial year.

Randwick’s relationship with Chinese visitors goes back a long way as there were 11 Chinese sailors who landed in Botany Bay with Laperouse on the 26th January 1788.  Strong ties exist today through our residents, the University of NSW and sister city, Hangzhou which is located in Zhejiang Province immediately south of Shanghai.

The speakers at the forum:

Mr Jonathan O’Dea MP Parliamentary Secretary Major Events & Tourism

Professor the Hon Bob Carr Director, Australia-China Relations Institute

Ms Simonne Shepherd General Manager, Industry Partnerships & Government Policy, Destination NSW


Presentation from Simmone Shepherd, DNSW

NSW Government’s China Strategy aims to double value of Chinese Tourists from 2013-2020.

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Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Jonathan O’Dea

WEB Bob Carr

Director of the Australia China Research Institute, Professor Bob Carr

WEB Jeff Smith and Terry McGuinness

Ambassador for Randwick City Tourism Terry McGuinness with Director Finance and Governance Randwick City Council, Jeff Smith

WEB Simmonne Shepherd  WEB Group 5WEB Group 3


Documents from Destination NSW

Documents from Australia China Relations Institute 

Launch of NSW China Strategy FTA Facts and     Figures

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Mayor of Randwick, Cr Noel D’Souza with Professor Bob Carr


Daphne Lowe-Kelley with Professor Bob Carr

WEB Daniel Bolger and Greg Moore

Councillor Greg Moore with Daniel Bolger, Australia China Research Institute

WEB Bruce Mitchell Blade

Member for Coogee Bruce Notley Smith with Blade Lawrence (L) and Mitchell Price (R)

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