Tourism Australia has confirmed the airline sponsors for the 2014 Australian Tourism Exchange as Virgin Australia and Etihad Airways.
Virgin Australia is the platinum airline partner for the event which will take place for the first time in Cairns from May 11 to 15, attended by 600 buyers from 38 countries and around 1,200 Australian sellers.
It represents the first time Virgin Australia has sponsored ATE, with the event previously supported by Qantas before its rift with Tourism Australia.
The airline will provide return flights for international buyer delegates from North America and New Zealand, as well as domestic flights to Cairns.
Meanwhile, gold airline partner Etihad will provide return flights for international buyers from the UK, Europe, Singapore and the Middle East, including connections onto its alliance partner Virgin Australia's domestic flights to Cairns.
Luxury travel packages worth more than $100,000 can be won by delegates attending the 2014 DMS Workshops, with the Sydney and Melbourne events now just days away.
Prizes include return air tickets to some of the world’s top destinations with airline sponsors including Air India, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Cathay Pacific Airways, LATAM Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines and South African Airways.
“Our sponsors support the event generously because of the calibre of the attending delegates to whom they are very keen to expose the latest destinations and product,” managing director Marissa Fernandez said.
“The DMS Workshops are an established and highly sought after event on the business events industry calendar. Our clients know that attending the workshops will give them one-stop access to the hottest business events destinations in the world.”
The Sydney event takes place on Thursday, followed by Melbourne on Monday. For more information, click here.
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