Visitors soak up delights

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
SWDC trade adviser Simon Taylor has something special planned for the delegation.
Camera IconSWDC trade adviser Simon Taylor has something special planned for the delegation. Credit: South Western Times, Callum Hunter

A trade delegation comprised of importers, distributors and tourism representatives stopped in Bunbury last week to sample some of the region’s finest local produce on the way to Gourmet Escape.

The eight delegates from Singapore and Malaysia were met at Market Eating House by Aboriginal elder Troy Bennell who gave them a lesson in local culture and heritage.

“This is a long term relationship,” he said.

“I’ve travelled the world to do a lot of trade relation stuff ... this is a start to bigger things.”

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The visit was the result of a joint effort between the South West and Great Southern development commissions designed to showcase both regions’ premium food and wine produce.

According to South West Development Commission trade adviser Simon Taylor, the visit coincided with Gourmet Escape to capitalise on the already fantastic promotion the region was getting.

“We’re trying to showcase Western Australia and all the regions,” he said.

“So we bring the trade down, introduce them to wine, beer, spirits, food, all sorts of drinks and everything the region has to offer.”

After its visit to Bunbury, the delegation continued south and attended several of the Gourmet Escape events in Margaret River at the weekend before continuing south to Albany.

“A lot of these guys are wine importers, so we’re doing Swan Valley, Geographe, Margaret River, Southern Forests, Albany, all the wine regions,” Mr Taylor said.

SWDC chief executive Melissa Teede hoped the trip encouraged more visitors from Malaysia.

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