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OZTalk Expo Packs In Australia’s Hidden Wonders

OZTalk Travel Expo Packs In Australia’s Hidden Wonders
- Wildlife Warrior Terri Irwin says ‘G’Day NZ’ at OZTalk Travel Expo -
- Dorothy the Dinosaur’s Dance Party and Billy Elliot the Musical excite visitors at the Expo -

More than 6000 New Zealanders attended the OZTalk Travel Expo in Auckland on Sunday 27 April 2008, and discovered plenty of new and exciting Australian travel experiences and a fantastic entertainment line-up. Visitors were also surprised with a special appearance by renowned ‘wildlife warrior’ and Aussie icon, Terri Irwin.

Terri Irwin was present at OZTalk Travel Expo to address media as part of her involvement for G’Day NZ Australia Week 2008.

“Australia and New Zealand have traditionally shared very close links, yet there are things that set us apart and make us unique – Australia’s wildlife experience being one of them,” said Terri Irwin. “I am delighted to be a part of this celebration of mateship between our two countries,” she added.

Tourism Australia’s Regional Manager, Vito Anzelmi, said Terri Irwin’s passion for the country’s wildlife and environment makes her a fantastic ambassador for Australia.

“We are very excited about Terri Irwin’s involvement with G’Day NZ Australia Week 2008 and confident that her experiences of interacting with Australia’s unique natural heritage will inspire many Kiwis to make the trip across the Tasman.”

OZTalk Travel Expo featured 135 Australian tourism exhibitors, who showcased a large variety of Australian travel experiences. From travelling through Australia’s vast outback, experiencing amazing nature and Aboriginal culture, visiting Australia’s spectacular coastline, to tempting food and wine, vibrant Australian cities and inspiring journeys, OZTalk Travel Expo offered something for every traveller.

OZTalk Travel Expo was the perfect opportunity to plan a trip across the Tasman, with special holiday deals offered by Holiday Shoppe and United Travel. Visitors also had an opportunity to win a trip for two to experience Australia’s vibrant city culture in Sydney, including an exclusive backstage tour and VIP tickets to Billy Elliot the Musical.

On stage Dorothy the Dinosaur’s Dance Party and Chrissy’s Island Family entertained young and old alike, with a performance from Billy Elliot the Musical delighting all. Descendance, an Aboriginal dance troupe performed throughout the day, while Roo’d, seven foot Kangaroos bouncing on stilts, fascinated the crowds.

OZTalk Travel Expo is presented by Tourism Australia, Tourism New South Wales, Tourism Northern Territory, Tourism Queensland, South Australian Tourism Commission, Tourism Tasmania, Tourism Victoria and Tourism Western Australia as part of the G’Day NZ Australia Week 2008.


G’Day NZ Australia Week 2008

Proudly presented by Tourism Australia G’Day NZ Australia Week is a week long celebration of the unique ‘spirit of mateship’ shared between Australia and New Zealand. Through featured events, G’Day NZ Australia Week is successfully able to showcase trans-Tasman relationships; Australian food and wine; sport; culture; lifestyle and tourism.

In its third year, G’Day NZ Australia Week will include four events from 24 April – 2 May 2008, including Very Gold Coast Corporate Golf Challenge, OZTalk Travel Expo, Spirit of Mateship Gala Dinner and The Rosemount Great Australian Lunch.

Official Sponsors of G'Day NZ Australia Week 2008: Tourism Australia, Australian Trade Commission, Rosemount, Qantas, The Quadrant and APN Media.

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