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From the Managing Director

A big thank you to everyone who played a part in contributing to a very successful ATEC Meeting Place event last week, it was certainly a great gathering of our tourism export industry.

Thanks to everyone who travelled from all corners of the country to join us at Royal Randwick Racecourse. The feedback has been positive with many citing Doug Lansky’s thought provoking messages on smart destination development and marketing, plus the inspirational Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne as being the highlights over a 3 day program which featured many valuable industry discussion and expert take always.

The Gala Dinner & ATEC Awards night featuring the graduation of the ELITE emerging leaders will be remembered for some time as an emotion filled celebration of success and excellence – well done to all!

ATEC will send a Meeting Place Wrap Up to all its attendees later this week.  We will summarise the key outcomes from the event and request your input via a survey to ensure we can continue to evolve the event in line with the needs of our developing industry.
It has been another great year for our export sector and for ATEC which continues to grow with the support and active participation of such a large percentage of the membership. Our success, it is often said, can be attributed to our strong grass roots interface with more than 900 large and small tourism business across the country being engaged via ATEC’s 9 regional branches for which we are thankful.
2016 is shaping up to be a stellar year for our sector, perhaps it will be the year when tourism exports are recognised as the No.1 export for Australia!
On behalf of the National Board of ATEC, I’d like to thank all members for your support throughout the year.

We wish everyone a safe and restful holiday period and a very successful 2016.
All the best,

Peter Shelley
Managing Director, ATEC

Tourism Minister acknowledges ATEC's contribution

Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck joined the tourism export industry at the ATEC Gala Dinner last Wednesday – the Minister had sought parliamentary leave to be there which shows how important our sector is and we thank the Minister for making the effort to attend. 

The Minister spoke about his dedication to tourism exports and thanked ATEC's members for the contribution they make to Australia's economic growth. He also invited all attending members to have chat: very encouraging to have a Minister willing to actively listen to industry and take counsel from the operators at the grass roots.  We look forward to forging a strong working relationship with the Minister in 2016: particularly as we approach an election.
Michelle Payne

Michelle Payne at Meeting Place 2015

A true highlight and phenomenal end to a great two days at Meeting Place 15, Michelle Payne, the first female winning jockey of the Melbourne Cup, left the audience both inspired and star-struck as she graciously told her story of triumph over adversity.

Joined by her interviewer, the respected Richard Morecroft, Michelle reminded us all of the importance to visualise and plan your success- know your competition, know your value, and aim for the finish line knowing exactly what it is going to take to get you there.

A hugely valuable lesson for us all, as we strive as an industry to raise the stakes to ensure continued success and growth.
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That winning feeling

Industry excellence and contribution honoured

Winners are grinners!  ATEC extends its warm congratulations to all our award winners honoured at last week's Meeting Place Gala Dinner.  Branch of the Year ACT, led by Chair Karen Dempster, Vice-chair Craig Fairweather, Jacquie Roberts and the dynamic Mel Swain deserved their accolade after a very successful year. 

Hats off to Carla Phillips from Zoos Victoria – this year's Young ATEC Len Taylor Award winner for leadership. Carla's tireless efforts and stellar career so far made her the natural winner of this prestigious award. Well done Carla!

The Outstanding Contribution to ATEC gong went to Michael Nelson from Pinnacle Tourism Marketing: after 20 years of service and contribution  to ATEC it was well overdue that Michael was recognised.  And he didn't have an inkling which made for an even bigger surprise! 

And the star of the night was of course the winner of the Captain Trevor Haworth award for Outstanding Contribution to the tourism export industry: a humble and highly respected Craig Wickham from Exceptional Kangaroo Island took the stage to accept his award from tourism Minister Colbeck: we feel very lucky to have people like Craig so committed to our industry, growing our market share in a sustainable and ecologically responsible way.  Craig's passion, hard work and commitment are a credit to his success and therefore the entire industry.  Congratulations Craig!
Gala Dinner

ELITE Class of 2015

Meeting Place saw the successful wrap-up of the inaugural ELITE Emerging Leaders' program, with both the final presentations and graduations taking place over the two day event.

Our ELITE class of 2015 delivered such wonderful high-quality presentations to their industry clients, truly showcasing their innovation through collaborative learning and putting their ELITE modules in to practice. Mentors, managers, colleagues and friends all gathered to watch the presentations, and they cheered on the Emerging Leaders as they graduated at the gala dinner, receiving their certificates from Minister Colbeck.

After a hugely successful launch, ATEC are looking for the next crop of Emerging Leaders and mentors to join the program in 2016. Please register your expressions of interest attention to Jennifer Bruce on
Click here to watch an introduction to the ATEC ELITE Program
National Board

43rd AGM sees strong attendance & a change at the National Board

More than 70 people formally registered to attend the AGM which was held over lunch on Wednesday 2 December. Reports from Audit and Finance Chair Yann Duroselle, Chairman Denis Pierce and Managing Director Peter Shelley were well received and members were informed about ATEC's key activities and financial performance for 2014/15.

An election for the seller positions on the national board ensued, with four candidates for an available three positions.  With the votes counted, members returned Michael Nelson from Pinnacle Tourism Marketing and Henrik Berglind from AccorHotels to the Board, along with new candidate Michael Curtis from Gold Coast Airport.  The Chairman thanked outgoing board member Yann Duroselle from Quality Hotel Batman's Hill on Collins for his tireless efforts and outstanding governance during his tenure on the Board.

GST-free margins a reality

Yes, the Australian Tax Office has confirmed that the service fee charged to an international wholesaler by an ITO is in fact an export and will be GST free.  Stephen Howlin from the ATO addressed a room full of ITOs on board Captain Cook/SeaLink's John Cadman II last Monday to talk about the impending ruling and how ITOs can access a refund for GST already remitted.  ATEC and BDO will be working closely with our members over the coming weeks to provide all the necessary advice and documentation to obtain your refund.

For more information  please contact Anna Taylor at the national office.

Bid on over 95 amazing items

Experience something new in 2016

By being part of this Silent Auction you will assist in supporting the emerging leaders of the Australian tourism export industry to participate in the ELITE Program in 2016 and gain an industry mentorship.  

Click below to register and see all the items on offer. The auction will be open until Thursday 10th December at 5:00pm.

The Auction is open to colleagues, friends and family so can we ask for your support in forwarding this email on so they too can experience something new in 2016!
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Thank you to ATEC Corporate Partner, Australian Turf Club

Thank you to ATEC Corporate Partner, Australian Turf Club for hosting Meeting Place at Sydney’s iconic Royal Randwick Racecourse this year.

We experienced five star hospitality while enjoying spectacular views of Sydney from the Queen Elizabeth II Grandstand.

We’d like to especially thank Royal Randwick for being exceptional venue which made for a fantastic Meeting Place. 

Thank you to our valued Corporate Partners

Thank you to our valued Corporate Partners for their ongoing support of the export industry and Meeting Place. Please click here to read more about our Corporate Partners.

We’d also like to extend a thank you to our Event Sponsors – Cambridge Hotel, AAT Kings and Australian Tourism Data Warehouse for their support of Meeting Place 2015.
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