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Next stop for TSBE: Hong Kong

ALL ABOARD: Russell Keeley of Brookstead Farming Company and Ken Kummerrow from Dandarragan Farms during last year's AccessChina'16 tour.
ALL ABOARD: Russell Keeley of Brookstead Farming Company and Ken Kummerrow from Dandarragan Farms during last year's AccessChina'16 tour. Contributed

THE upcoming Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise Access Hong Kong tour will see Asia's world city play host to one of the largest fresh food conventions, Asia Fruit Logistica.

In the second of TSBE's planned international trade delegations, the 2017 tour will be run in conjunction with Food Leaders Australia and will take up to 250 producers, businesses, developers and investors from Wellcamp airport to Hong Kong from September 3-7.

While the Access Hong Kong tour offers those attending the chance to explore export opportunities and aims to further open the door to tourism in Toowoomba, Russell Keeley of Brookstead Farming Company found the networking element of last year's delegation the most beneficial.

He's already booked in for the Hong Kong trip.

"I really benefited from getting to know the local business people in our area who were on the trip with us," Mr Keeley said.

"Everyone is like - minded and for someone like myself who leads a busy life it is a great opportunity to meet people and form some strong relationships.

"Really everyone's got a common goal once they step onto that aeroplane."

Ken Kummerrow of Dandarragan Farms also attended last year's international trade delegation and noted the unique experience as a key reason for his return.

"The tour last year was extremely well done," Mr Kummerrow said.

"It was very informative and well organised and it was one of those things that if we hadn't have done it with TSBE we never would have been able to enjoy that experience.

"From a business perspective, we got to meet other locals and see first-hand the industries we export to.

"We grow sorghum and export to the Chinese wine market so it was great to see where it went from our farm.

"We actually ended up in a bar in Shanghai where people were drinking the sorghum wine."

Delegates attending the Access Hong Kong tour will fly out of Wellcamp Airport on the "Queen of the skies"; a Qantas, B747-400 on September, 3.


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