What was AccessChina'16?

History making business delegation

Toowoomba — Shanghai 23 October 2016

With the first international passenger flight out of Wellcamp now staged, Toowoomba residents can now say their region boasts an airport that connects them to the world. Carrying 206 businesspeople looking to boost their export potential, a historic flight from Toowoomba to Shanghai with Qantas launched the major trade mission known as AccessChina’16. As the A330 left the tarmac on October 23, it proved our region sets the benchmark for opportunity, innovation and industry.

AccessChina’16 was an ambitious trade trip, the first to take a town to its export partners and see for themselves the appetite Asian countries have for our produce and products. As the market for export to China grows, the advice of Asian trade experts, meetings with business counterparts, e-commerce platforms and site tours become vital to build the links needed to establish the sought after partnerships. During AccessChina’16 delegates did just that as well as exploring supply chain operations and meeting with businesses that could serve or sell their produce in the future.

The $1.5million trip put Toowoomba producers and businesses in the spotlight internationally as a ‘Can Do’ region, a title Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise and its agricultural initiative Food Leaders Australia, work to build.

Highlights from AccessChina’16 from FLA CEO Dr Ben Lyons

• The suitably social flight over; what a great way to fly and many thanks again to the QANTAS team for getting us there in impeccable form.
• To have Chairman of Zhongfu group Mr Wu speak at the Access China conference
• The opportunity to meet with and discuss trade access issues with Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Keith Pitt
• Minister for State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham made a fantastic contribution to the trip
• Having four local government leaders and Mayors on board
• Tourism Australia’s Andrew Hogg and Meat and Livestock Australia’s Michael Finucan talk through their China market learnings and strategies
• Jason Spencer and Darren Burns provided unique and fascinating insights into the Chinese consumer
• Gala dinner at the historic Peace Hotel in their stunning ballroom which was attended by not only the above dignitaries but PACTYL CEO Mr Cai Hao at Shanghai Pudong airport
• A last minute but well worth it addition to the program, visiting the eco farm movement with hosts Chunbo.com – a great story.
• The MOU with the Hangzhou Chamber of Commerce and the TRC Mayor’s side trip to Yuecheng in Zhejiang Province are of great importance for us going forward
• The camaraderie and ties made between delegates cannot be underestimated – this group were part of history and they made the most of the opportunities put in front of them
• The QGC sponsored Western Downs Eastern Opportunities group seeing first-hand the export opportunities of their products
• Whilst the business matching was somewhere between chaotic and orderly there were some great matches made and more to come
• The aid of Austrade Shanghai and TIQ Shanghai offices as well as AustCham were much appreciated

AG IN ASIA

Australia’s agriculture exports to China almost doubled from 2010-11 to 2014-15, from $5 billion to $9 billion.

As a business interested in international agribusiness opportunities you’ve heard about the increased demand for clean and green Australian food products in China and you’re probably at varying stages of investigating and activating the associated opportunities for your business.

To accelerate your journey, you need to attend AccessChina’16.

Sectors Onboard

HEALTH AND AGED CARE

Under the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), new opportunities have opened up for the Health and Aged Care Sector.

With a population over 60 that is approaching more than 200 million this sector represents a significant opportunity for Australian companies in pharmaceuticals, aged care and other related products and services.

To accelerate your journey, you need to attend AccessChina’16.

Sectors Onboard

ENERGY AND RESOURCES

China depends significantly on Australia’s resources exports and there is a recent shift in focus with China actively seeking innovative technologies, services and equipment to improve their mining production, efficiency, safety and environmental sustainability standards.

For Australia’s highly advanced Energy & Resource sector this is a great opportunity for new business ventures in China.

Sectors Onboard

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING

China is experiencing the fastest growth in demand for environmental products and services in the world.

This growing awareness of the environmental cost of their rapid economic growth means that services and technologies that can deliver greener buildings, water and energy efficiencies, and solutions for waste disposal, renewable energy and cleaner vehicles are highly desirable facets of China’s sustainable urban development.

To accelerate your opportunity in this developing area don’t miss out on attending AccessChina’16.

AccessChina’16 is a premium business delegation designed for businesses looking to investigate and activate opportunities in China.

To accelerate your journey, make sure you attend AccessChina’16.

Sectors Onboard

EDUCATION

China is the largest single nation contributor to the international student population in Australia. Almost 50,000 Chinese students started courses in Australian schools, colleges and universities in 2016, which is an increase of 23 per cent on last year with the next closest growth at just nine per cent from India.

In 2015, international education was Australia’s largest services export and our fourth largest export after Iron Ore, coal and natural gas.
With the growth expected to continue and opportunities for Australian education providers to deliver more services in China, there has never been a more opportune time for education providers to investigate and activate opportunities in China.

To accelerate your journey, make sure you attend AccessChina’16.

Sectors Onboard

TOURISM

As Australia’s most important inbound tourism market, Chinese visitors rank the highest when it comes to total expenditure and visitor nights and, in 2015, generated $8.3 billion in total expenditure.

Estimates suggest that this figure has the potential to nearly double by 2020 which represents a sizeable opportunity for those within Australia’s inbound tourism industry.

To accelerate your opportunity and capitalise on this growth be sure to attend AccessChina’16. China is the largest single nation contributor to the international student population in Australia.

Almost 50,000 Chinese students started courses in Australian schools, colleges and universities in 2016, which is an increase of 23 per cent on last year with the next closest growth at just nine per cent from India.

In 2015, international education was Australia’s largest services export and our fourth largest export after Iron Ore, coal and natural gas.

With the growth expected to continue and opportunities for Australian education providers to deliver more services in China, there has never been a more opportune time for education providers to investigate and activate opportunities in China.

To accelerate your journey, make sure you attend AccessChina’16.

Sectors Onboard

AccessHongKong packages now available

Your 5 star experience will include:

  • 5 star accommodation at The Park Lane Hong Kong a Pullman Hotel
  • Breakfast included daily
  • Seat on the exclusive international passenger flight from Toowoomba to Hong Kong
  • Hotel transfers
  • Flexible return flights to Brisbane (inc bus transfer to Toowoomba)
  • Unparalleled access to Hong Kong business leaders throughout the program
  • Full day conference featuring world class speakers
  • Tailored business matching
  • Site tours providing backstage access to some of Hong Kong's most exciting companies
  • Access to exclusive networking events

Announcing AccessHongKong

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AccessHongKong

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