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MICEBTN - May-June • Page 19 restaurant to showcase our beautiful product when I am entertaining clients. In the rocks area I would recommend Pony lounge. I also recently tried Hubert, a deli- ciously authentic French restaurant that is located in the heart of the city. It instantly transported me back home and has the most amazing selection of wines, which is a must. If you are looking for an experience that is a little more exotic then you cannot go wrong with My Wong’s in the CBD, which offers a unique mod- ern Chinese experience. If it is my first visit, what are some of the must-sees? I would have to say the world-famous Bondi Beach and the start of the beautiful Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. It is a place to see and be seen. You cannot possible stay in sydney without seeing the opera House and sydney Harbour Bridge, both of which can be admired from a height at Blu Bar on 36. If you would like to get up close and personal then I would suggest a harbour cruise, it is the best way of getting that all-important perfect photo. The Blue Mountains are simply stunning and only a short drive from the city, stop for a spot of afternoon tea after a breathtaking walk. Any areas or tourist spots I should avoid? I would only recommend visitors plan ahead to ensure they don’t miss out on anything. If I want to bring home a memento of the trip what would you suggest? There are many things that typically remind me of Australia including opals, Ugg boots, Akubra hats, kanga- roo leather and of course Aboriginal artwork. There also is a large selection of souvenir shops in the city and near the rocks, where you can purchase authentic gifts to take home. Paddy’s market is also a particular favourite of mine and has many great gift ideas. ATEC to develop wine show The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has been given a grant to deliver a Wine Tourism Conference to assist wine businesses across the country in engaging with the growing international tourist market. The A$35,000 grant, awarded by the International Wine Tourism Competitive Grants Program, will enable ATEC to work with wine businesses to take advantage of the growing interest by international visitors in wine and winery experiences. “Food and wine have become an important part of Australia’s international tourism offering off the back of the very successful Restaurant Australia campaign and we are seeing more visitors looking for a wine experience while they are visiting Australia,” said Peter Shelley, managing director ATEC. “A tourism wine conference with a focus on engaging the international tourism marketing and distribution process, highlighted via a range of case studies of successful wineries, will assist the sector in leveraging existing offerings.” The conference is due to be held in mid 2019.