At a lunch at Parliament House Sydney last Wednesd

first_imgAt a lunch at Parliament House Sydney last Wednesday, The Hon. Adam Marshall, NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events, faced a challenging audience of industry veterans when he addressed members of Skal International, the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT), and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and their guests. With only six months experience in the role of Minister for Tourism and Major events, Mr Marshall is not new to tourism – his mother was a travel agent for many years and he was formerly the Mayor of Gunnedah, where aviation plays an important part in the economy.When asked how Sydney, which is currently at its limit for the number of cruise ships it can accept, can increase its cruise visitors further, The Hon. Mr Marshall replied that the NSW government intends to have a very clear solution before the end of the year and will be working with the industry towards developing infrastructure to allow the growth of the cruise market, in a state where tourism is big business.“March 2016 to March 2017, NSW welcomed 33 million international and domestic overnight visitors”, said Mr Marshall, “[and] these visitors spent 26.5 billion dollars in this state, again demonstrating our capacity to compete on an international scale.” The SKAL lunch also celebrated the 30th year of IIPT, with Gail Parsonage, President of IIPT Australia speaking on the benefits of tourism to promote peace internationally, and Chris Flynn, Regional Director Pacific for PATA, speaking on PATA’s advocacy for responsible and sustainable tourism growth from Istanbul in Turkey to Santiago in Chile.Vice President for Skal International Sydney, Walter Nand said, on behalf of the three Sydney Skal clubs present, “The purpose of Skal is to gather like minded people from all aspects of the travel industry to get together, to talk about what’s happening in our industry, what we can do to perpetuate the growth amongst all of our businesses, and ultimately to be able to do business amongst each other.”For more information on upcoming SKAL networking events across Australia CLICK HERE TOP IMAGE: Chris Flynn, Gail Parsonage & Sue Francis celebrate the 30th Year of the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT)Walter Nand, Sue Francis, Adam Marshall, Gail Parsonage, Chris Flynn cruiseSKALlast_img

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