TSBE executive chairman Shane Charles (left) and Food Leaders Australia chief executive Dr Ben Lyons talking about the TSBE and Food Leaders Australia delegation to Hong Kong, in March.
TSBE executive chairman Shane Charles (left) and Food Leaders Australia chief executive Dr Ben Lyons talking about the TSBE and Food Leaders Australia delegation to Hong Kong, in March. Kevin Farmer

TSBE Hong Kong trip postponed due to low numbers

TOOWOOMBA and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE) have announced the postponement of their international trip, scheduled to leave in September.

The Access Hong Kong trip was to follow the Access China trip which looked to explore business opportunities for TSBE members.

This year's trip was to include Western Downs Regional Council, who was hoping to explore opportunities in the Asian business market.

Mayor Paul McVeigh said it was disappointing to hear the trip had been postponed.

"(The postponement) was all around numbers and the expense involved in holding the event,” Cr McVeigh said.

Whilst we're disappointed, we did see great opportunity outside the region and as a council we are still trying to grasp all opportunities.”

The decision was made after talks with Qantas, Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, the TSBE board and other key stakeholders finished.

TSBE executive chairman Shane Charles said affordability was the main issue.

"We hosted more than 200 delegates on last year's Access China trip, and unfortunately this year we did not have as strong an uptake from the business and agribusiness community,” Mr Charles said.

"A number of potential delegates have informed us that had the trip had been in the next six to twelve months, they would have been able to attend.

"The reality is that with the Range Bypass and activity in the gas sector, many people who were keen to attend simply could not afford the time out of their business.”

No announcement has been made as to when the Access Hong Kong trip may go ahead.


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