Australia to be Showcased as Safe, Secure Tourist Destination


Over 110 million motoring and touring club members from around the world will be represented at an international conference in Melbourne next month.


The conference, the Alliance Internationale de Tourism (AIT) General Assembly, will be held between the 6th and 8th October and has attracted motoring and touring club representatives from 50 countries including the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, China, Korea, Malaysia, India, Kuwait, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.


The Executive Director of the Australian Automobile Association, Lauchlan McIntosh, said the level of participation from around the world was a clear indication that Australia was viewed as a safe and secure travel destination.


"Road travel and touring is the backbone of personal and family travel and the opportunity for like organisations to discuss ways of improving services and benefits to the 110 million-plus members they represent will be a key focus of the seminars and workshops in Melbourne at the Annual General Assembly," Mr. McIntosh said.


"A workshop to discuss ways to improve international cooperation in services for travelling members, currently available under an international "reciprocity" arrangement, will look at how we can build on an already strong reputation to ensure members see a friendly face wherever they travel.


"The AAA Australia, representing its State and Territory constituent clubs, is a member of the AIT, and the General Assembly presents an outstanding opportunity for Australia to reinforce its image as a safe, secure and desirable travel destination.


"Many of the clubs, like the AAA USA, operate very large travel business. The US club has over 45 million members and writes over $3 billion in travel every year," he said.


The Alliance Internationale de Tourism General assembly will be jointly hosted by the AAA Australia and the RACV and held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne on the 6th, 7th and 8th of October.

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