The federal minster for Resources, Energy and Tourism, Martin Ferguson is visiting the United States to further spread the high profile we have abroad.
The minister is hoping to capitalise on the Australian profile, which is at an all-time high following the airing of Oprah Winfrey’s Ultimate Australian Adventure.
Minister Fergson said the trip will aim to encourage Americans to turn their interest into further investment in Australia and consolidate the strength of Australia’s economy.
“In the last twelve months we have seen major investments by foreign companies in Australian resources and energy projects,” Ferguson said.
“These projects create jobs, support regional communities and drive economic growth.
“Australia is an attractive investment destination and our wealth of natural resources offers enormous opportunities for further growth.
Winfrey mentioned the devastating floods across Australia when the episode aired, and encouraged viewers to help in the time of need.
“Many people in the United States have been concerned by the images of the devastation caused by the floods,” he said.
“The message I will be taking to them is simple: we are a resilient nation; the recovery and rebuilding efforts are already underway; and Australia remains very much open for business.”
He will be attending the G’Day USA Australia Week to promote Australia to the US.
“Americans have seen over the past few days just what an amazing country Australia is. It has always been a highly desirable travel destination for Americans and now we will be encouraging them not just to think about a holiday to Australia but to go ahead and book one,” Ferguson said.
“Now is a good time for wholesalers to expand long-haul programs and capture growing markets.”
While in Houston,Texas the minister will promote investment opportunities in Australia to leading oil and gas figures, outlining details of the Australian Government’s actions following the Montara and Gulf of Mexico incidents.
“Australia and the United States have been sharing knowledge, experience and lessons from both the Montara and Gulf of Mexico incidents,” Ferguson said.
“I will reiterate our commitment to do everything possible to avoid incidents like these in the future and go through the measures we are putting in place to ensure Australia’s offshore petroleum regime is the best and safest in the world.”