The Toowoomba Regional Council will focus on tourism, education, smart technology, sporting facilities and aviation when it joins with economic development partners Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprises (TSBE) as part of Access NZ delegation.
Council delegates will join 70 business leaders on an international delegation to New Zealand to explore trade opportunities for Toowoomba Region businesses.
Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said Access NZ is a great opportunity to take Toowoomba region and all we have to offer to New Zealand.
“The Toowoomba Region has much to share with our New Zealand counterparts on garden tourism, mountain biking, and attracting international students to the region, Mayor Antonio said.
“Our region is becoming a tourism destination of choice for our Kiwi cousins and in recent years our Carnival of Flowers is a celebration that has attracted their interest.
“The Council delegation will visit Rotorua which is home to world class mountain biking facilities and other adventure activities. Our region has already identified mountain biking as a significant sports tourism opportunity.
“Council delegates will also take time to visit Whangarei (FHAH-NGAH-RAY) to view the 25 hectare community garden project created in a disused stone quarry, which has strong alignment with our own Quarry Gardens ambitions.
Council will have the opportunity to see first-hand the incredible transition that has taken place in a disused Quarry to create a world class garden tourist attraction.
“As part of the weeklong trip, we will be visiting our Sister City, Whanganui who have been influential in Toowoomba Region’s recent accreditation as a Safe Community.
“Whanganui has been an Accredited Safe Community for 5 years and our region has learnt a great deal on our own three year accreditation journey, Mayor Antonio said.
“Whanganui is a strategically important relationship to our region. Through sharing knowledge we can learn how a regional city can maximise economic opportunities, Mayor Antonio said.
“Whanganui has been named by international think-tank, Intelligent Community Forum, in the top 21 cities in the world for innovation in the use of fast broadband. Council also has a strong interest in the way that Whanganui uses smart technology to benefit their community.
“The Toowoomba Region International Relations Strategy seeks to deliver social, economic and knowledge outcomes for the region through existing and future international relationships.
“This visit to New Zealand offers a real opportunity for Council to build relationships for the benefit of our region.