The reputation of Cairns & Great Barrier Reef as a global destination for conferences will be strengthened with the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting in Cairns on September 20-21.
Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef Director Rosie Douglas said the region was rolling out the welcome mat for the 2000 delegates and taking the opportunity to showcase the business event capabilities of Cairns.
The inaugural Future of Tropical Economies Conference will be key G20-aligned event for Cairns, held on September 18-19 in the days immediately preceding the G20 meeting.
Cairns Mayor Bob Manning said the conference would address the economic challenges and opportunities that exist within the world’s tropical zone, with an emphasis on Australia’s tropical regions.
“As G20 delegates prepare to assemble in Cairns to consider ambitious measures to achieve strong, sustainable and balanced growth; so too will leaders from across the tropics who are faced with creating a stable business environment that enables local communities to develop and grow in the tropics,” he said.
“It will not only be an opportunity to showcase Cairns as an international-standard conference destination, but to lead the discussion on the further development of tropical economies in Australia and worldwide.”
Ms Douglas said Cairns Regional Council and Tourism Tropical North Queensland would be hosting a welcome function for the 200 media attending the Cairns G20 meeting.
“We are the only destination to host an event for the international media and believe it will give them a special welcome and opportunity to connect with the media and corporate communications managers who live and work in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef, she said.
“The welcome mat will be rolled out from the moment G20 delegates step off the plane with our Airport Ambassadors providing a greeting service.
“TAFE tourism students have volunteered to greet G20 guests arriving at their hotels and volunteers from the Cairns & Tropical North visitor Information Centre will be at an information desk at the Cairns Convention Centre where the conference is being held.”