Cairns is a vibrant city that blends an informal and laid-back atmosphere with a sophisticated blend of urban and scenic attractions. It is situated between two of the world’s greatest treasures, the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest, giving it the edge in certain sectors of international research and making it a desirable destination for events.
Cairns Convention Centre is a world-class, purpose-built venue and the city offers a sophisticated infrastructure for international association events. But it is its expertise in a variety of sectors that is attracting the attention of event organisers worldwide.
With 10,000 sqkms of agricultural land – around 47 per cent of the total - a tropical climate, abundant water supplies and fertile soil, the Cairns region has the ideal conditions for crops. Renowned as an exceptional producer of quality fruit, smaller boutique farmers produce vegetables. The Tablelands is now Australia’s largest producer of avocados, and the region is famed for the quality of its coffee, tea, mangoes, lychees, pineapples, bananas and lemons among others.
Agribusiness contributes AUS$2.4 billion annually to the Cairns regional economy.
Other leading exports include raw sugar, live cattle, fish and shellfish. Recently, the supply chain has expanded to include coffee, chocolate, wine, nuts and dried fruit.
Innovation in agribusiness in the region is impressive from patented technology, converting waste, cost savings and product development.
Health & Life sciences
The Tropical North Queensland region is the ideal location for tropical forest science, tropical foods and natural resource management. Renowned for internationally acclaimed research in these fields, it is home to the James Cook University, the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, the Australian Forest Institute and the Australian Tropical Herbarium.
With abundant renewable energy resources such as solar, wind, hydro-electric and biomass, Cairns is the ideal place for the development of innovative technologies designed to help reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. The region is home to more than 100 businesses operating in the renewable energy sector be it household, commercial, industrial and utility scale project expertise, focusing on safe, clean and accessible energy using the most modern technologies and innovation.
Other key sectors
Aviation – an emerging sector thanks to its strategic location in Asia Pacific and excellent infrastructure; several international and national companies have major service centres in Cairns.
Education & Training – the region boasts world-class facilities and expertise across a wide range of topics including health and life sciences, tropical health, medical, teaching, creative and performing arts, to name just a few.
Marine Services - The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest living structure and home to more than 9,000 species of marine life. Its ancient coral is estimated to be 20 million years old. So it is no surprise that Cairns has become a centre of excellence in Marine Science.
Tourism – with dual World Heritage areas, tourism management and training have become centres of excellence.
Tropical Health – Cairns is home to the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM), which is responsible for a range of research projects, from new tests to detect Malaria through to exploring how venom could help develop new life-saving drugs.
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