(BRISBANE, Australia – July 18, 2011) DFW International Airport CEO Jeff Fegan and a delegation of high level Dallas/Fort Worth area civic and business leaders are in Australia on a weeklong mission to promote the Airport and the DFW region to Australian audiences. The Premier of Queensland, Anna Maria Bligh, greeted the delegation this morning at its first official event to promote trade, tourism and the new QANTAS Airways route serving Brisbane and Sydney from DFW.
“We are here to talk about the great travel experience and the convenient connections that DFW Airport offers to Australian passengers,” said Fegan. “DFW presents a wide range of natural connections within the continental United States and across Latin America and the Caribbean, along with a world-class terminal featuring outstanding services and shopping.”
The DFW Airport air service development mission will promote the new air route between Australia and DFW in meetings with hundreds of business and tourism leaders in Australia. A series of business meetings and events are scheduled for the remainder of the week in both Brisbane and Sydney.
“This trip has come together with a truly outstanding sense of cooperation from across our region,” said Mabrie Jackson, president and CEO of the North Texas Commission and a key organizer of the mission trip. “It is vital to be able to show our friends in Australia such a diverse group of business and civic leaders from Dallas and Fort Worth, and to educate them on our outstanding airport and our great region as a destination and as a great place to do business.”
The visiting delegation is comprised of representatives from the Dallas Regional Chamber, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau, Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth and the North Texas Commission, along with a number of key business and civic leaders.
The mission trip to Australia includes meetings with Trade and Investment Queensland, Australian Aerospace, Brisbane Marketing, Brisbane International Airport, the U.S. Consulate in Sydney, the Australian Tourism and Transport Forum, Tourism New South Wales, Sydney International Airport and QANTAS Airways. Mr. Fegan will also be making a keynote speech at the Australia Pacific Aviation Outlook Summit meeting in Sydney.