Asia trade focus will strengthen Sunshine Coast food, tourism and events sector
  • Friday 20 April 2018

The Sunshine Coast economy is in line for a boost with Deputy Mayor Tim Dwyer undertaking a multi-sector visit to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur from April 23-27.

The visit will provide the opportunity to promote the region’s export capabilities and support local producers exhibiting at Food and Hotel Asia in Singapore.

In addition, a number of meetings have been confirmed, with the assistance of Visit Sunshine Coast, with international sporting agencies and tourism bodies to promote the Sunshine Coast as a destination of choice for high performance sports training following the success of the pre-Commonwealth Games training camps held in the region.

Cr Dwyer said the visit supported the Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS) local to global pathway and would help promote investment to our region and exports of locally produced goods and services.

“This visit will include meetings with key investors in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur focussed on tourism and events opportunities in the Sunshine Coast region,” Cr Dwyer said.

“We’re also excited to meet with the likes of the Singapore Netball Association about bringing training camps and potentially conducting umpire training in our region.

“With our latest announcement as the new home of NetFest, the recently upgraded Maroochydore Sports Complex and the success of our Suncorp Super Netball team, the Sunshine Coast Lightning, we’re perfectly positioned as a destination for high performance netball training and events.”

As Australia’s fifth largest trading partner, Singapore imports more than 90% of the food it consumes due to limited land available for agriculture, creating opportunities for Australian export products.

During 2015-16, Australia’s exports to Singapore were valued at $5.5 billion.

“We want to see new export markets open up for our exporters which is why we will be supporting the Queensland pavilion at Food and Hotel Asia next week and specifically supporting two Sunshine Coast-based companies, Thrive Australasia and COYO,” Cr Dwyer said.

“Food and Hotel Asia attracts more than 78,000 attendees from more than 100 countries, providing an outstanding forum for our Sunshine Coast producers to showcase their products to the world.”

Cr Dwyer will also represent the Sunshine Coast at the Anzac Day service in Singapore.

“This is an important time for the history of the Sunshine Coast as the region seeks to take a leading position as a major Australian urban and economic centre,”  he said.