International conference receives Tourism Australia funding


The International Mint Directors Conference (MDC 2010) has received Tourism Australia funding to assist in showcasing Australia to its international delegates and further boost tourism dollars in the Australian economy. In working with the Canberra Convention Bureau, a grant of $30,000 has been secured in support of this initiative.

As announced last September by Assistant Treasurer Senator Nick Sherry the Royal Australian Mint will host the XXVI International Mint Directors Conference in Canberra later this year.

The conference is expected to attract approximately 300 participants and 100 partners from mints and industrial organisations all around the world.

The Tourism Australia funding was announced by Minister Ferguson in January, as part of a $2 million partnership with the business events sector in Australia, aimed at boosting business event delegate numbers nationally.

Tourism Australia will assist in rolling out 15 cooperative marketing programs with industry nationally, to support the business events sector’s recovery in 2010 by stimulating business travel in Australia.

“With this funding MDC 2010 can specifically target countries that are more likely to spend more time in Australia benefitting both the tourism and business industries in Australia,”
the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Australian Mint, Graham Smith said.

“Delegates will be spending quite a bit of additional time in Australia with a welcoming pre-conference event held in Perth, a special Asia Pacific forum and technical meeting in Canberra. After the official four day conference program in Canberra, the group will move to Sydney for a farewell function and then onto an exciting post-conference tour in Cairns.”

“In developing the conference itinerary, we really wanted to make sure we showcased as much of Australia as we could so that the delegates could see what Australia had to offer.”

“This ties in nicely with the Mint’s own plans of attracting more international visitors with the recent refurbishment and new exhibition displays and becoming a regular on international tourists’ must-see lists.”

The delegates will spend a morning at the Royal Australian Mint discovering what it has to offer from both a production and tourist aspect.
MDC 2010 program will commence on 26 September 2010 and end in Cairns on
3 October 2010.

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Michelle Napoli
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