OVER 50 hand-picked travel professionals from across Europe and the UK arrive in Queensland this week to tour the State and help promote Queensland internationally.
Tourism, manufacturing and Small Business Minister Jan Jarratt said visitors would split into five different touring groups - with Cairns ready to play host from today.
In Cairns for the inaugural China-Australia Tourism Summit, Ms Jarratt said the visitors had headed Down Under to attend Corroboree 11, a tourism training workshop in Darwin for specialist travel agents run by Tourism Australia and supported by State and Territory organisations.
"Having the opportunity to look after more than 50 travel professionals after Corroboree will give our tourism operators an opportunity to showcase some of the world's unique experiences and destinations we offer in Queensland," Ms Jarratt said.
"They will be getting up close and personal with the Great Barrier Reef, hot air ballooning, enjoying our exquisite produce and amazing landscapes.
"The travel professionals will be treated to a discovery tour of our top attractions and tourism products which will help them sell Queensland holidays back home to their clients.
"During their stay they will enjoy a range of activities such as surfing, sailing and rainforest safaris.
"They will also undertake site inspections at a range of Queensland hotels and resorts."
Ms Jarratt said some of the travel specialists would also visit Queensland destinations that had directly been affected by the floods and cyclones earlier in the year.
"They will stay in Mission Beach and on Magnetic Island, explore Paronella Park and go bike riding along the Brisbane River just to name a few activities so they can report back on our recovery efforts," she said.
"One of the groups will also have the opportunity to learn more about Queensland's ecotourism products with a visit t o Lady Elliot Island."
Ms Jarratt said in 2010 Queensland welcomed more than two million international visitors who spent approximately $3.8 billion on trips to the State.
"Visits like the one this week are an important part of the work carried out by Tourism Queensland to promote the State as an attractive holiday destination internationally.
"I would like to thank local tourism operators for getting behind this special tour because events like these would not be possible without the collaborative efforts of the regions involved."
The initiative is part of the Destination Australia Partnership which presents Australian tourism products first-hand to travel agents and tour operators from Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Scandinavia, Ireland and the UK who specialise in tourism to Australia.
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