Ms Phillipa Harrison, Managing Director of Tourism Australia,
尊敬的澳大利亚旅游局 局长暨行政总裁 韩斐励女士，
Ms Yan Sashuang, Deputy Director-General of Sichuan Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism,
四川省文化和旅游厅 机关党委书记 严飒爽女士，
Ms Teresa Conolan, Minister Counsellor (Home Affairs), Regional Director (North Asia), Australian Embassy,
澳大利亚驻华大使馆 公使衔参赞 内政事务部北亚区负责人 康心蕊女士，
Mr Andrew Hogg, Regional General Manager, North Asia, Tourism Australia,
澳大利亚旅游局 北亚区总经理 何安哲先生，
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.
It’s my great pleasure to join you today at the Australian Marketplace China 2019 event.
You could not have picked a more appropriate place to hold today’s event.
With tourism accounting for 25 per cent of its GDP, and world-class attractions such as the Giant Buddha in Leshan and – of course – pandas, Sichuan is one of China’s tourism standouts.
But while Sichuan locals are of course rightfully proud of their home province’s stunning scenery, cute fauna and world-famous cuisine, they are also increasingly curious about the outside world.
In fact, Sichuan is one of the fastest growing sources of tourists from China to Australia. And, with a growing number of direct flights and increasingly sophisticated travel services, it has never been easier for them to experience Australia.
Likewise, more and more Australians are also coming here to experience for themselves the rich culture, mouth-watering cuisine and natural beauty that Sichuan has to offer.
Of course, the Australia-Sichuan tourism relationship has not flourished without industry support.
That is why we at the Consulate-General, Tourism Australia, and other government institutions have been devoting our efforts to providing opportunities for representatives from the Australian tourism industry to strengthen and establish relationships with key travel agencies and tour operators from within the region.
For example, during the China-Australia Year of Tourism, we were the country of honour at the 4th Sichuan International Travel Expo.
Our presence at the expo included an impressive trade delegation that showcased our world-class capabilities in tourism management, training and destination development.
Events such as today’s forum are also very important in deepening our tourism-related exchanges.
They are an ideal platform for Key Distribution Partners to share views on how best to develop our tourism relationship going forward.
I wish you all the best for what I’m sure will be days of fruitful meetings and networking.