Treasury setting G20 recreation program for delegates

In Australian Domestic Tourism, Government, National Headlines, Queensland

PHOTO: Head of the U.S. Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen.

G20 delegates are being urged to stay on and enjoy the tropical paradise of Cairns in September

From Cairns Post, 14th March 2014

A PUSH has began to ensure G20 delegates enjoy pleasure alongside business in Cairns.

Delegates to the G20 Finance Ministers and Bank Governors’ summit in Cairns later this year are being persuaded to bring their partners and families to the event and make it a holiday, too.

About 2000 of the world’s leading financial and banking figures will spend four days in the city attending meetings mainly at the Cairns Convention Centre in September.

But organisers expect many will also holiday and are being urged to bring partners and children to enjoy the region’s tourism delights.

They want to provide some recreation aspects to the hard workof the summit which will draw high-profile people such as US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen, US Treasury secretary Jack Lew, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde and China’s central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan.

A Treasury spokeswoman said the event was a time to showcase the tourism side of the region.

She said they were encouraging those taking part to come before or after to holiday.

The spokeswoman said there were plans to create a recreational program for partners and to take them away from the CBD to the beaches and rainforest.

She said organisers wanted to “galvanise” the community and invited residents to throw out the welcome mat.

“We want people to be the typical friendly Australian while also providing the best customer service, being professional and welcoming to our international guests,” the spokeswoman said.

She said there would be little disruption to daily life, unlike the lockdowns in Brisbane for the G20 leaders’ summit.

She said there might be one or two street closures around the convention centre, a higher police presence and some police escorts of official vehicles.

Cairns Regional Council senior economic development officer Bronwyn Voyce said the council would be identifying economic links between Cairns and many of the countries attending the summit.

Ms Voyce said, for example, the Chinese’s ownership of sugar mills, tourist visitors and property investment and Brazilian sponsorships of students at James Cook University.

She said she was hoping a Future of Tropical Economies conference would be held about the same time and two multi-cultural festivals before and after would have G20 themes.

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