From showcase events and memoranda of understanding to a Queensland Innovation Hub and education partnerships, TIQ’s 15 overseas offices are delivering a wide range of opportunities to Queensland businesses. Here are some of the successes in our 12 overseas markets this year.
TIQ’s ASEAN office, based in Singapore, supported 22 Queensland companies on a trade mission to Food and Hotel Asia in Singapore in April 2018, which resulted in almost $3 million worth of initial orders for wine, baked goods, seafood, frozen berries and infant milk protein powder.
TIQ’s Guangzhou office recruited a delegation of eight Chinese companies for the World of Drones Congress in Brisbane in August 2017. Outcomes included an order for an unmanned aerial vehicle pilot training program and ongoing demand for training and solutions cooperation.
The Chengdu office supported a Queensland Food Mission that visited Chengdu after participating in Food and Hotel China in Shanghai. This resulted in a Queensland business achieving wine export sales of $250,000 into Western China.
The Beijing office ran the annual Queensland Cup English-language competition in Hubei Province. The aim of the competition is to profile Queensland’s excellence in education and strengthen networks with industry and government. Ten high-school student competition winners took part in a fully funded two-week study tour to Queensland.
The Shanghai office joined forces with Education Queensland International to bring a large study tour of Shanghai-based primary and secondary students to Queensland for the World Science Festival in Brisbane in March 2018.
TIQ’s Europe office helped Cohort Go, a payment solutions company founded to service Queensland’s growing international student market, with meeting and conference support, market intelligence and customer introductions and advice. This resulted in new export sales for a company already supporting 50,000 international students and operating in 80 countries.
TIQ’s Hong Kong office recruited a delegation of 11 senior managers of aged-care housing, facilities and services in Hong Kong and Southern China, which visited Queensland in June 2018. Discussions regarding collaboration opportunities are now underway.
TIQ’s India office hosted a Queensland citrus trade mission to India, resulting in Queensland companies securing export outcomes.
TIQ’s Indonesia and Brisbane offices helped TAFE Queensland secure deals to train 200 staff members of PT Kereta Api Industries, a state-owned railway enterprise.
Following extensive representations by TIQ’s Japan office, the Queensland Government became the first foreign government to partner with the Japanese Government’s Ministry of Education in the Tobitate program, an initiative aimed at doubling the number of Japanese students studying overseas. Tobitate offers high-school and university scholarships for Japanese students to study in Queensland.
TIQ’s Korea office introduced Bundaberg Brewed Drinks and its local partner to the Hyatt Hotels Group in Korea, which, after a successful tasting session, now lists the company’s drinks on its bar and cafe menus.
TIQ’s Latin America office and Queensland Operations team brought a key buyer from Chile’s state-owned copper mining company Codelco to Queensland in June 2018 to meet more than 60 Queensland mining, engineering technology and services companies. Codelco is currently investing around US$20 billion in its operations and TIQ is working with local firms to win some of the company’s business.
TIQ’s Middle East office helped Brisbane Airport Corporation secure a third daily flight into Brisbane by the Emirates airline. The expected economic benefit to Queensland over the next five years is approximately $77 million and includes increased tourism, education and freight outcomes.
TIQ’s North America and Brisbane offices recruited a delegation to Natural Products ExpoWest in California, the world’s largest trade show showcasing natural, organic and health products, in March 2018. Three Queensland companies have already reported export outcomes as a result of attending the event.
TIQ Taiwan helped Darling Downs Ice Cream meet buyers and exhibit at a Taiwan food showcase event in May 2017. Today, the company’s ice cream is stocked in more than 200 Taiwanese supermarkets.