December 2019

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Season’s greetings from TIQ

Season’s greetings to all our wonderful Queensland exporters and our global partners – thank you for your trade and investment achievements throughout 2019. Because of you, communities around the world can enjoy Queensland’s world-class products 365 days a year.

Season’s greetings to all our wonderful Queensland exporters and our global partners – thank you for your trade and investment achievements throughout 2019.

Because of you, communities around the world can enjoy Queensland’s world-class products 365 days a year.

And, as many countries celebrate a period of feasting, Queensland’s gourmet produce may well be on the table. In 2019, we exported:

  • more than $175 million worth of seafood – including prawns, crabs and lobsters
  • more than $334 million worth of fruit and nuts – including mangoes, melons and macadamias
  • around $15 million worth of alcoholic beverages – including wine to China, beer to New Zealand and gin to the UK!

Queensland creations are also part of the gift-giving in many countries. In 2019, more than $60 million worth of games and sporting goods left Queensland for overseas markets, including the USA, UK and UAE.

We look forward to working with all our partners in 2020 – connecting Queensland business to the world, and the world to Queensland.

TIQ’s 9 Queensland offices and 16 overseas offices will close for varying periods over the holiday season. You can contact any TIQ office during the holiday period using our online enquiry form, and one of our team will respond when the office reopens.

Read the full list of office closure dates.

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Season’s greetings from TIQ Europe

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner –Europe and Queensland Agent-General in the UK, Linda Apelt

Linda Apelt

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Europe and Queensland Agent-General in the UK, Linda Apelt

How is the festive season celebrated in your region, which extends across Europe and into Africa?
The festive season brings joy, light and festivity, especially as the cool winters of the northern hemisphere set in and the year comes to an end. Many of the Judeo-Christian traditions of Christmas have their heritage in the region. This has extended to wider regions we support such as Africa but, as our multicultural and multifaith region expands and evolves, the spirit and values of the season are the most important aspects.

In Europe, ‘Christmas’ lasts much longer than a day. The season stretches across December and into January, incorporating many holy days and festivities. For countries like Germany and Sweden, the season’s main event is Christmas Eve, celebrated with midnight mass and a festive meal. Others focus more on Christmas Day, with gift-giving, feasting and, in the UK, many gathering at 3pm to hear the Queen’s Christmas message. New Year’s Eve and Day are also important – don’t miss Hogmanay in Scotland or eating 12 green grapes at the stroke of midnight in Spain!

What were some standout achievements for your office in 2019?
A highlight was the 2019 Queensland Day Reception, which celebrated the 160th Queensland Day in the presence of Minister Cameron Dick with 350 VIP guests. We were able to showcase Queensland companies such as Mount Uncle Distillery, Great Barrier Beer, Full Circle Fibres and Jewels of Queensland. We also supported 5 successful trade missions to the European market, helped Queensland company Graham’s Natural Alternative crack the UK skincare market, celebrated 2018 Queensland Exporter of the Year Tritium expanding rapidly in Europe, and facilitated a number of investment deals into Queensland. Cultural activities like the Leanne Benjamin ballet recital, which was held in the presence of the Queensland Governor, are also wonderful opportunities to showcase Queensland’s creative industries and create connections with high-level UK guests.

What are you most looking forward to in 2020?
Promoting Queensland’s Hydrogen Strategy to European companies keen to enter or expand their footprint in this new and exciting sector. Supporting Queensland’s 2032 Olympic Games bid, and developing Queensland House as an exciting landing pad for Queensland exporters. And, hopefully, a resolution to Brexit, one way or the other!

Any new year’s message you’d like to share with Queensland exporters?
We’ve enjoyed supporting some fantastic Queensland exporters to successfully enter Europe this year. 2020 is shaping up to be another interesting year, with some potentially significant geopolitical changes likely to present opportunities in Europe for our Queensland exporters. Do contact TIQ Europe if you’d like to know more.

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Season’s greetings from TIQ Indonesia

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Indonesia, Ben Giles

Ben Giles

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Indonesia, Ben Giles

How is the festive season celebrated in Indonesia?
Despite Indonesia being the world’s largest Muslim nation, Christmas is celebrated by around 15% of the population (still a huge number of people!) and observed nationally with a two-day public holiday for all.

What were some standout achievements for TIQ Indonesia in 2019?
There were many. They included the re-signing of the Queensland-Central Java Sister State/Province MOU in July, and a Study Brisbane mission in September. In November, we welcomed Minister Furner, who promoted Queensland’s world-class produce and spent time with us visiting local businesses who are already partnering with Queensland suppliers. We also arranged successful visit programs for six new-to-market clients.

What are you most looking forward to in 2020?
More visits by Queensland clients, the first Queensland Week in Indonesia, and a new team member joining us in the Jakarta office. And, of course, the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement coming into force.

Any new year’s message you’d like to share with Queensland exporters?
Think of Indonesia! Contact TIQ Indonesia and learn more about the export market potential here.

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Season’s greetings from TIQ Hong Kong

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Hong Kong, Julia Herries

Julia Herries

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Hong Kong, Julia Herries

How is the festive season celebrated in Hong Kong?
Hong Kong is a multicultural city, which includes a large Christian community, and celebrates a range of religious and secular festivals. Many areas have Christmas decorations, and buildings on either side of the harbour are lit up at night with festive lights. Christmas fare is available at many western restaurants in the downtown commercial areas of Hong Kong and Kowloon.

What were some standout achievements for TIQ Hong Kong in 2019?
We were pleased to host Minister Furner and his delegation in May to support Queensland companies participating in the HOFEX food and hospitality trade show. We also welcomed a range of Queensland companies, universities, schools and regional government representatives throughout the year, especially for Asia Fruit Logistica and the Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong exhibition in September. In October, we were very pleased to work with other TIQ offices to bring Hong Kong buyers to Queensland for the Taste of Queensland Gourmet Experience.

What are you most looking forward to in 2020?
A peaceful and prosperous year – for Hong Kongers, and all those we welcome to do business here. We’ll also be bringing a group of Hong Kong companies in the aged care sector to Queensland to showcase the state’s capabilities in this area.

Any new year’s message you’d like to share with Queensland exporters?
Hong Kong is open for business. While the past months have been challenging, life and business go on. Hong Kong is still a great test market for small to medium-sized Queensland companies who are first-time exporters, and is a gateway to the mainland China market. Queensland has a great reputation here, and Queensland companies are very welcome. Please continue to visit and get in touch with TIQ Hong Kong for market advice.

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Season’s greetings from TIQ ASEAN

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – ASEAN, Tom Calder

Tom Calder

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – ASEAN, Tom Calder

How is the festive season celebrated in Singapore, where your office is based?
Like most things in Singapore, it’s celebrated with shopping and eating (albeit with a Christmas theme). Singapore celebrates Christmas with gusto, and major precincts including Orchard Road and Gardens by the Bay have month-long Christmas-themed activities. The Christmas lights along Orchard Road change every year and extend for 3.5km, while Gardens by the Bay creates a huge winter theme park complete with fake snow for the kids.

What were some standout achievements for TIQ ASEAN in 2019?
Supporting a number of key ASEAN food and beverage buyers to get down to Queensland, some for the very first time. They were blown away by the quality of the produce they saw (and ate), and this will translate into greater export sales for our producers.

A personal highlight was tasting the first shipment of Bargara Beer in Singapore. Bargara is the only Queensland beer in the market we know of and they are growing their sales volumes.

What are you most looking forward to in 2020?
Expanding TIQ’s presence in, and engagement with, Vietnam. Vietnam is a market of increasing importance for Queensland and we need to engage in a more committed fashion.

Any new year’s message you’d like to share with Queensland exporters?
Don’t fly over ASEAN en route to other markets in North Asia and Europe. They are our closest neighbours and engagement is underdone to this point in time. The region will expand rapidly over the next 10–15 years and there is strong demand for quality and innovative goods and services. As with any market, it will be a slow burn, but now is the time to contact TIQ ASEAN and start making connections and exploring the region.

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Season’s greetings from TIQ Latin America

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Latin America, Alex Pessagno

Alex Pessagno, Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Latin America

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Latin America, Alex Pessagno

How is the festive season celebrated in Latin America?
Christmas is celebrated at home with family. Family members share a late dinner and a toast at midnight to celebrate the arrival of Christmas Day. Gifts are opened the next morning. This is similar for New Year’s, with the addition of a lot of fireworks!

What was the standout achievement for TIQ LatAm in 2019?
We have consistently supported Queensland METS (mining equipment, technology and services) companies to expand their businesses in the region. TIQ’s Santiago office has delivered tailored solutions – from market briefings and business intelligence to distributor searches, business matchmaking and full agendas for commercial visits. As a result, several Queensland companies have decided to open offices in this region.

What are you most looking forward to in 2020?
We have welcomed many great companies and it makes us very proud of the work carried out by our team and the Queensland exporters who take the chance to travel and grab the opportunities here. For 2020, we would like to see companies who have started doing business in 1 or 2 countries in Latin America expand to other markets in the region. We’d also love to receive new Queensland companies beginning to explore this part of the world.

Any new year’s message you’d like to share with Queensland exporters?
Start 2020 looking east towards Latin America! TIQ Latin America can help your new year be merry and bright, with new sales opportunities and strategies to grow your business.

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Season’s greetings from TIQ Korea

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Korea, Daniel Kim

Daniel Kim

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Korea, Daniel Kim

How is the festive season celebrated in Korea?
In Korea, only Christmas Day is a public holiday, so the overall mood is quite different from Australia. Nonetheless, most Koreans will spend time with their immediate family on Christmas Day and exchange gifts.

The annual catch-up with extended family takes place during the Chuseok Thanksgiving Holidays in September. The month of December is mostly a time to catch up with one’s numerous alumni networks, and given it’s the end of the financial year for many corporates, a slightly nervous time ahead of announcements about promotions and inevitable corporate reorganisation.

What were some standout achievements for TIQ Korea in 2020?
A highlight was supporting Sun Metals to be in a position to sign off on the business case to invest $377 million to expand their zinc refinery in Townsville. Another was delivering Study Queensland Week in Korea, where Minister Fentiman led a business delegation that included 3 MOU signing ceremonies, 2 seminars in Seoul and Daejeon, 1 showcase dinner and 5 site visits. We also supported a number of Queensland exporters to access the Korean market for the first time, including Mulgowie Farming (broccoli), Grove Juice (premium orange juice) and Buderim Ginger (premium beverages).

What are you most looking forward to in 2020?
The end of winter and the start of spring! National Assembly elections in April and welcoming a new Investment Director to our team.

Any new year’s message you’d like to share with Queensland exporters?
TIQ Korea would like to thank all the Queensland exporters we’ve worked with in 2019. We’ve once again been inspired by your diversity, innovation, drive and determination. Despite some ongoing challenges in accessing the Korean market, Queensland exports have more than doubled in the last 4 years to $9.5 billion. Overall, we are optimistic about 2020 and keen to continue to work with you to advance Queensland’s interests in Korea!

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Season’s greetings from TIQ North America

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – North America, Viki Forrest

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner (Acting) – North America

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – North America, Viki Forrest

How is the festive season celebrated in your market?
Happy Holidays! People gather with family and friends to celebrate and to share food and gifts. While the wintery holiday season is short, people travel long distances to be together and enjoy Christmas markets, fireplaces, trees, wreaths, skiiing and ice skating. People decorate their homes inside and out, and it’s popular to place trees at windows facing the street so, as you walk at night, you see Christmas trees in homes all lit up – it’s really quite magical!

What were some standout achievements for TIQ North America in 2019?
It’s been an exciting and productive year. We established offices in San Francisco and New York, and one highlight was having Minister Kate Jones open the San Francisco office.

We quickly took advantage of TIQ’s new Silicon Valley location in the global biotech epicentre to strengthen Queensland’s life sciences companies. This included working with Queensland colleagues to run the inaugural TIQ California Life Sciences Institute Advisory Program with 5 Queensland life sciences companies over 4 months in the USA. This program is still in progress but is already producing export outcomes.

What are you most looking forward to in 2020?
Celebrating 2 new direct flights from Brisbane to the USA – San Francisco and Chicago – and the increased opportunities this will facilitate for foreign direct investment into Queensland’s innovation ecosystem! And we look forward to continuing to position Queensland as global leader in scaling and manufacturing opportunities for synthetic biology investment.

Any new year’s message you’d like to share with Queensland exporters?
Herald in the new decade with a focus on your USA export opportunities. The USA is a massive market and focus is the essential ingredient to success. Speak to TIQ North America about how we can help you to prepare for USA market entry.

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Season’s greetings from TIQ Middle East

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Middle East, Donna Massie

Donna Massie, Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Middle East

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Middle East, Donna Massie

Is the festive season celebrated in the Middle East?
The festive season is in full swing in the UAE. Christmas carols are playing on the radio stations and every hotel foyer has a huge Christmas tree. Santa’s grottos are everywhere and they even host an annual Christmas market in town.

We are receiving happy Christmas wishes from Muslim friends and colleagues on a daily basis – we all embrace a celebration in the Middle East, regardless of religious beliefs. Christmas lights adorn shopping centres and residences. Hotels are offering special deals for Christmas lunch, and turkeys and mince pies are abundant in the supermarkets.

What was one standout achievement for TIQ Middle East in 2019?
We’ve had many successes this year, but one real highlight was the partnership between James Cook University and the Sheik Khalifa Marine Research Centre. JCU will provide expert assistance to help establish a new Marine Innovation Park. We introduced JCU representatives to the UAE Ministry of Food Security and advised JCU in the lead-up to them signing an agreement. It was a great outcome.

What are you most looking forward to in 2020?
We are looking forward to working on the build-up to Expo2020 in Dubai and to finalising several strategic projects at Dubai South.

Any end-of-year message you’d like to share with Queensland exporters?
Please watch the Expo2020 portal for export opportunities and don’t hesitate to contact TIQ’s Middle East office for support.

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Season’s greetings from TIQ Taiwan

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Taiwan, Patrick Hafenstein

Patrick Hafenstein

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Taiwan, Patrick Hafenstein

How is the festive season celebrated in Taiwan?
With gusto! New Taipei Christmasland gala is the largest annual Christmas festival in Taiwan and was listed in 2018 by Hankyu Travel International Company as the top overseas Christmas travel destination in the world.

What were some standout achievements for TIQ Taiwan in 2019?
This year we’ve focused on research and tech. On the research side, the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries signed an MOU with the Taiwan Banana Research Institute to develop Cavendish bananas that are resistant to Panama Disease, and the Taiwan Deputy Minister of Agriculture travelled to Yeppoon for the planting of new lychee varieties. On the agtech side, Queensland company Ceres Tag won the ANZCham Taiwan Queensland Business Award for their partnership with Taiwan’s Yomura Technologies. And, on the smart city side, MiTAC, a top Taiwan tech company, signed agreements with Redland and Logan City councils and a number of Queensland universities and start-ups to use Queensland as their testbed for smart city technologies.

What are you most looking forward to in 2020?
In 2020, we want to further develop the Taiwan-Queensland relationship in biotech, agtech, smart cities, circular economy and drones, while maintaining our strengths in agriculture, resources, education and tourism.

Any new year’s message you’d like to share with Queensland exporters?
When we reflect on what’s best about our role, we quickly think of the relationships we’ve developed with our amazing Queensland clients. Thank you for giving us the chance to do what we enjoy. And make sure to contact TIQ Taiwan if you’d like to explore this amazing market.