Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 1 Hansard (12 February) . . Page.. 363..
(1) On how many occasions has the Government attended or sent representatives on overseas trips to promote Canberra internationally;
(2) Regarding these trips:
(a) when did they take place;
(b) to where and for what purpose;
(c) who attended;
(d) what was the cost;
(e) what are the agreements that have been reached since to benefit Canberra;
(f) what work is ongoing in international marketing to promote Canberra overseas.
(3) What has the Government done since coming to office to expand on the partnerships that were already being formed by the former Government in Africa?
Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:
(1) The Minister of Economic Development, Business and Tourism, or his representative(s) have undertaken the following trips, to promote Canberra internationally from 2001-2003:
2001 - 6 trips, total cost to Government is estimated at $27K 1
2002 - 12 trips, total cost to Government is estimated at $184K 2
2003 - 13 trips, total cost to Government is estimated at $162K 3
1The 6 trips were to (1)Bangkok, (2)Singapore & Malaysia, (3)Delhi & Mumbai, (4)Auckland, (5)South Africa, England & Canada, (6)Shanghai.
2The 12 trips were to (1) Singapore, Bangkok & Kuala Lumpur, (2)Auckland, (3)Amsterdam & Ottawa, (4) Malaysia, (5)Singapore & Malaysia, (6) Taiwan, (7) Malaysia, (8) Suzhou, (9)China (10) USA & UK, (11) Beijing, (12) Hangzhou.
3The 13 trips were to (1) Beijing & Hangzhou, (2) Beijing & Hangzhou, (3) Beijing & Hangzhou, (4) Singapore, (5) Auckland, (6)Canada, (7)Tokyo, (8)Hong Kong, (9) Hong Kong & Shenzhen, (10) Taipei (11)Shenzhen, (12)USA (13)Penang.
(2) Various government and community representatives including the Chief Minister, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, BusinessACT representatives, Australian Capital Tourism Representatives, opposition representatives, business representatives and education representatives have participated in these activities.
Various outcomes have been achieved including but not limited to:
MOU(s) with international economic development agencies;
Recruitment of students to ANU, University of Canberra, CIT and colleges;
Relationships formed with overseas tourism agents;
Inclusion of Canberra product in international tour brochures;
Business development and export outcomes, including supporting 8 Canberra Companies participating in Australia, New Zealand America Technology Showcase (ANZATECH) - the only US conference that exclusively showcases Australia and New Zealand technology to the US market;