Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T The establishment of a compliance taskforce under the Approved Destination Status (ADS) has placed the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) in a “unique position to advise and guide” Chinese tour operators, according to ATEC managing director Felicia Mariani. “Given ATEC’s singular focus and long history as Australia’s only inbound industry association, we have been asked to participate on this very important taskforce,” Ms Mariani said. The newly established taskforce will continue to build upon ATEC’s current involvement in growing the tourism industry’s engagement with China. “The Taskforce has been established as part of the enhanced ADS scheme announced by the Prime Minister last year and is aimed at ensuring Australia provides Chinese tourists with quality experiences and removing some of the negative practices around their free time, flexibility and shopping options,” Ms Mariani said. “China offers the Australian tourism industry a great deal of opportunity for growth and ATEC welcomes the invitation to represent the inbound industry on this Taskforce aimed at ensuring a high quality product and good business practice.” A strategic tourism investment grant was awarded to ATEC in an effort to provide training and educational programs about Chinese visitors. “We are well placed to provide feedback and intelligence around the issues of most concern to our operators and, in turn, support our operators by advocating for the best business environment possible,” Ms Mariani said.