In September 2010 the Royal Australian Mint will host the International Mint Directors Conference (MDC 2010) in Canberra.
A $30,000 grant from Tourism Australia will facilitate the participation of delegates from regional countries such as Tonga, Papua New Guinea and Bangladesh.
The funding, which was secured in partnership with the Canberra Convention Bureau, will assist in showcasing Australia to its international delegates and further boost tourism dollars in the Australian economy. Delegates are scheduled to visit Perth, Canberra, Sydney and Cairns.
"As the host of MDC 2010, we are excited by the opportunity to invite these international industry representatives to Australia to take part in the conference," said Ms Marlene McClelland, Acting Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Australian Mint.
"By showcasing what our beautiful country has to offer, we aim to develop relationships which will see an increase in Australia’s tourism and business opportunities," said Ms McClelland.
MDC 2010 is expected to attract over 300 participants from mints and industrial organisations from all around the world. Many of them will be meeting with potential business partners and taking the opportunity in their personal time to visit some of Australia’s famous national icons.
In addition to its support for MDC 2010, Tourism Australia will support 14 other cooperative marketing programs with industry nationally, to support the business events sector’s recovery in 2010.
The MDC 2010 program will commence on 26 September 2010 and end in Cairns on 3 October 2010.
For more information on XXVI Mint Directors Conference visit www.mdc2010.com.
About the Royal Australian Mint
His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, officially opened the Royal Australian Mint (http://www.ramint.gov.au/), Canberra, on Monday 22nd February 1965. The Mint was commissioned to produce Australia’s decimal coinage, which was to be introduced into circulation on 14th February 1966. The Royal Australian Mint holds a place in history as the first mint in Australia not to be a branch of the Royal Mint, London.