PRESTIGIOUS ASIAN AWARD NOMINATION FOR AIRPORT
17 March 2016
Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport is a finalist in the 2016 AustCham Shanghai Westpac Australia-China Business Awards. The Toowoomba-based airport is a finalist in both the Business Excellence Award for Construction, Infrastructure and Natural Resources and Business Excellence Award for Start-up Enterprise.
Airport general manager Mr Phil Gregory said he was delighted the airport had received recognition for fostering business with China. “This is a big coup for us. We are committed to working closely with Asia and to receive this kind of nomination within two years of operations is fantastic,” he said.
Last year the first international Cathay Pacific 747-8F (freight) flight flew in and out of the airport. It was loaded with local produce and then flew directly to Hong Kong. TSBE CEO Dr Ben Lyons said he wasn’t surprised BWWA had been selected as a finalist in the awards, with winners announced at a gala dinner - expected to be attended by Australian State and Federal politicians - in Shanghai on April 13.
“The airport is a unique business that is proactively engaging in the Chinese marketplace and it’s very exciting to have probably one of the only ever Toowoomba-based businesses nominated in the awards,” he said.
Dr Lyons said previous entrants in the infrastructure category had their projects based in China. “The airport is in Australia but what they have already achieved, particularly in the development of agricultural exports into Asia, will be viewed favourably by the judges, who are looking for businesses who already have a strategy with China in place,” he explained.
Some of Australia’s leading companies who have been nominated in the AustCham Shanghai Westpac Australia-China Business Awards include Macquarie Group, Sanitarium and Blackmores.
Andrew Whitford, Westpac’s Regional Head of Greater China said the calibre of entries continued to climb every year. “China is a large and complex market. It’s fantastic to see these Australian businesses that have worked hard to get their China strategy right, and are reaping the reward,” he said.
More than 100 entries were received for the award’s nine categories.
AustCham Shanghai strengthens Australia-China business, government and community relationships and promotes Australia as a creative and reliable provider of innovative, high quality business solutions.
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Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport
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