Destination Guide: Australia

Australian Dreamtime fam trip gets rescheduled

European delegation doubled for flagship event

Tourism Australia has confirmed the rescheduled dates for its flagship fam trip, Dreamtime, and announced it is to double the size of the European delegation on what it hints might be a dual-destination trip.

The biennial event will take place on 10-18 October 2009 and showcase Australia's new products to some 100 buyers from across the world. It was originally scheduled to take place this year, but was pushed back to 2009 because of the changes being introduced.

The 2009 European delegation will more than double in size from the 2006 event to 25 and include about 14 UK delegates. "We are looking for buyers who can demonstrate that they have managed long-haul incentives before," said Tourism Australia business events manager UK and Europe Lene Corgan.

Destinations and venues for the event are yet to be decided but a call for tenders will be put out this month and a selection made later this year.

"Over the coming months, we will be liaising with our stakeholders and regional teams to ensure a premium and high-calibre event is delivered that will make Australia shine in this competitive business," Corgan said. "Through Dreamtime, we aim to position Australia as a world-class sustainable destination for incentives."

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