Queensland Ministerial and Tourism delegation visits India to strengthen tourism partnerships
Representatives of the Australian state of Queensland are in India this week to strengthen trade, education and tourism ties .The delegation is led by Queensland Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe and includes tourism representatives.
This is the first Queensland ministerial visit since the launch Queensland-India Trade and Investment Strategy 2023-2027
A high-level tourism, trade and education delegation from Queensland is in India this week to strengthen economic and social relationships between the two regions. Building new tourism and international education opportunities is an important component of the trade mission, led by the Queensland Government’s Minister for Tourism, Innovation and Sport Stirling Hinchliffe.
Mr Hinchliffe is joined by representatives from Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ), Tourism Australia and Queensland’s airports and Regional Tourism Organisations. During the first half of 2023, more than 64,000 travellers from India visited Queensland to enjoy the State’s great lifestyle and world-class tourism experiences and destinations.
Currently there are 17,700 students from India enrolled with Queensland education and training providers. The delegation led by Minister Hinchliffe is the first official Queensland ministerial visit to India since the signing of the joint Queensland-India Trade and Investment Strategy 2023-2027.
The strategy is designed to promote long-term collaboration in education, innovation and economic growth, starting on Queensland’s runway to the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ) has increased its presence and resources in India with Minister Hinchliffe officially opening TIQ’s new Mumbai office this week in partnership with the Australian Consulate-General in Mumbai.
Speaking about his visit, Queensland Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said: “Queensland is home to a significant Indian community with more than 90,000 residents of Indian heritage and almost 18,000 students studying onshore with Queensland education providers. The Queensland-India Trade and Investment Strategy recognises the many mutually beneficial opportunities for building stronger links between the two regions, particularly on Queensland’s runway to the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. With a great lifestyle, world-class tourism destinations, unique, awe-inspiring natural attractions and Indigenous cultures, Queensland is the favourite domestic holiday destination of Australians. An important focus of this delegation is exploring new opportunities to reunite family and friends and share more of Queensland’s award-winning tourism experiences with Indian visitors.”
TEQ reports to the Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe MP, Minister for Tourism, Innovation and Sport and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics and Paralympics Sport and Engagement.