Fort Worth, Dallas mayors lead business mission to Australia
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings are leading a business mission June 5-12 to Sydney and Brisbane, Australia, promoting the importance of air service and its direct ties to trade advancement, business opportunities and tourism throughout the North Texas region.
The mission delegates will meet with government officials, business and tourism executives and local leaders to outline the benefits of operating in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and to showcase the growing marketplace and commercial ties between Australia and the Texas cities.
The Dallas-Fort Worth region, an international business and tourism hub, is a top U.S. metropolitan area for business expansions, relocations and growth. Australian investment continues to increase in the U.S., especially in manufacturing, software and IT services, and modern support services.
Australia is a top 10 international leisure tourism market for visitors to Dallas and Fort Worth, with a non-stop flight from Sydney six days a week and connections through American Airlines. International tourism to the United States is one of the nation’s leading exports, based on foreign spending on goods and services here.
“As we learn and collaborate with our neighbors in Australia, we look forward to discussing mutual benefits about partnering and visiting Fort Worth,” Price said. “The DFW region is a great place to do business or visit, and this trip is another step in cultivating those long-term relationships.”
In 2018, Australia was DFW’s 22nd largest trading partner with $593 million in total trade. In 2017, Australia ranked in the top five in DFW’s imports, with its largest imports being merchandising. It ranked second for exports in aviation, communications and electrical equipment.