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‘Clusters’ aren’t usually high on the conversation list for most people – unless it comes to breakfast cereals – but they are in fact a potentially significant ingredient of a strong regional economy.

The role of clusters in growing regional trade and investment in Australia will be the subject of a major conference being held on the Sunshine Coast from 5 – 8 June at the Surfair.

The choice of the Sunshine Coast for The Competitive Institute (TCI) Oceania Chapter 2018 conference isn’t accidental.

The Sunshine Coast has an excellent track record in growing various sectors within the region through clusters, particularly in the tourism and agricultural sectors, which are increasingly overlapping.

Sunshine Coast’s Food & Agribusiness Network (FAN) a prime example of the benefits of working collaboratively and they will share their local experience and insights with visiting delegates, who are expected to come from as far away as Denmark, Scotland, France and New Zealand.

Delegates will visit some of the Sunshine Coast’s emerging innovation clusters and with our food produce such a major attraction of the region, we are sure they will go home a ‘fan’ of what they experience.

Food is an increasingly important component of a destination’s tourism offer. The fact that Mooloolaba prawns and Noosa spanner crab are known throughout Australia gives us immediate kudos. Then we have outstanding restaurants, cooking schools and markets to complement our beaches and Hinterland.

Putting all these ingredients together makes us a far richer and more dynamic destination.

With the expansion of our airport, both our tourism and agribusiness sectors are set to benefit, with more seats to bring in visitors to enjoy our food and far greater freight capacity to export quality produce to interstate and international destination.

In fact, it is our very commitment to clusters that won the Sunshine Coast this major conference, with the teams at Council and Business Events Sunshine Coast working together to win the event.

It would be a wise investment for local businesses to attend the event. Details can be found at:


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