Julie-Anne Nichols, Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Hong Kong and Macau

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Hong Kong, Julie-Anne Nichols

How is the festive season celebrated in Hong Kong? Given Hong Kong’s colonial heritage, Christmas has long been celebrated here. The city transforms into a winter wonderland, complete with the smell of real fir trees and roasting chestnuts, ham and turkey! Locals enjoy Christmas and new year dining, shopping, and a chance to celebrate with family and friends over the public holidays. New Year’s Eve is marked by a firework display over the harbour. It’s definitely one of my favourite times to be in Hong Kong.

What were some standout achievements for TIQ Hong Kong in 2018? One highlight was leveraging Queensland’s role as host of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games to raise the state’s profile in the innovation, health and aged-care sectors. These are areas of real opportunity for Queensland-Hong Kong partnerships and collaboration.

Also the conclusion of negotiations for the Australia-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement in November was an exciting milestone.

What are you most looking forward to in 2019? As the new year rings in, my line of horizon will extend beyond the Greater Bay to that of Greater China. I’m delighted to be taking on the role of Queensland Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner for Greater China, covering the mainland, Hong Kong and Macau region from the TIQ Shanghai office.

And it will be an auspicious year as Queensland looks to celebrate its 30-year anniversary of being a sister state with Shanghai.

Any new year’s message you’d like to share with Queensland exporters? Thank you for your valued support, contributions and exchanges with our TIQ offices in Greater China in 2018. We look forward to working with you to make 2019 another productive and rewarding year.