Together, young leaders from China and Australia tackle the topic of the Future of Tourism, made possible by the China Australia Millennial Project
Sydney Town Hall will see the inaugural China Australia Millennial Project (CAMP) Summit take place on June 1 -5, where young leaders aged 18 – 35 from Australia and China, with a shared interest in entrepreneurship, innovation and the Australia-China bilateral relationship, come together face-to-face in ThinkTanks to provide creative solutions to challenges facing both countries, under the mentorship of subject matter experts.
The Future of Tourism ThinkTank – one of 13 ThinkTanks – comprised of delegates from both countries, were challenged in the months leading up to the summit to tackle the question, “How might we create sustainable tourism opportunities that disperse the benefits between both urban and regional communities?”
Figures from Tourism Australia show four of the top five arrival markets to Australia (New Zealand up 4% to 1.1 million, China up 10% to 736,000, USA up 11% to 509,000 and Singapore up 14% to 321,000) returned record visitor arrival numbers during the year ending September 2014. Overall, 15 key markets had record arrivals.
Meanwhile, figures from the China National Tourism Administration show Australia is the fastest-growing Western tourism market for China. In 2013, 770,000 Australians travelled to China, for a growth rate of 6.7 per cent and worth an estimated $1 billion for the Chinese economy.
While the trend of strong growth for tourism in Australia and China continues, delegates were challenged to address how both tourists and destinations can ensure a positive environment and social impact, and how benefits can be shared between urban and regional areas.
CAMP’s objective is to help foster mutual cultural understanding as well as provide the 130 participating delegates a professional development program designed to stretch their creative problem solving and innovation skills, benefits Professor Bob Carr, Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute and former Australian Foreign Minister, recognises.
“Having young people making person to person links, establishing friendships and partnerships that will be with them all their lives, gaining a level of insight and comfort about dealing with the other country, is hugely important. I think CAMP is the freshest approach that I can remember seeing emerge in this challenge of building understanding between two countries that are so different. CAMP is a refreshingly bold approach to this,” said Mr Carr.
CAMP CEO Andrea Myles explains the invitation is to the public to participate in a greater dialogue about the exciting future of the Australia-China relationship, widening the scope of engagement beyond short term transactional bilateral trade to broader shared value and social issues.
“We’re putting the spotlight on innovation and opportunities at our inaugural CAMP Summit Opening ‘Leading Innovation in the Asian Century’ and encourage the public to get involved in this incredibly stimulating and essential dialogue,” said Ms Myles.
The 1 June event featuring a panel discussion with highly successful innovators and entrepreneurs will be held at City of Sydney’s Town Hall from 11:00am – 12:30pm. Tickets are available at https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/InnovationAsianCentury/tag/media.
The CAMP Summit’s Gala Dinner held at Sydney Town Hall on June 5 will showcase the best insights, projects, and young talent to emerge from the five day Summit as each ThinkTank goes head-to-head. The audience will be among the very first to hear about the top ventures conceived by CAMP delegates as they pitch their co-created new ideas to a room of venture capitalists, sponsors, impact investors and the savviest amongst the business community, competing for funding to implement the most innovative plans.
For details or tickets, visit https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/CAMPGalaDinner/tag/media.