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Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is the premier forum for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region.

Since APEC's birth in 1989 it has grown to encompass 21 members spanning four continents, and represents the most economically dynamic region in the world, accounting for approximately 40 per cent of the world's population, 56 per cent of world GDP and 48 per cent of world trade.

The 21 APEC Member Economies are Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Chile; People's Republic of China; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Japan; Republic of Korea; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Peru; The Republic of the Philippines; The Russian Federation; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; United States and Viet Nam.

Tourism

Australia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It is a place rich in culture and offers amazing experiences and unforgettable landscape. With unpretentious cities offering services, buildings and technology that is sophisticated, you will enjoy your time here immensely. The scenery varies throughout the country, from vast open land to miles of white beaches. Inhabited with mysterious wildlife and full of wonderful people, Australia will no doubt be one of the most intriguing places that you have ever been to.

Safety

Safety for residents and visitors alike is of paramount importance for all government authorities.Australia has a first class health sysytem and all residents are using high quality modern day home security sysems in order to insure the safety of their families and home aswell as a respected law and order regime.

City attractions

Each of Australia's cities differ from one another, boasting their own unique sense of history and aura. Some cities are renowned for their impressive mark in the world whether it be for fashion or art, others are known for special landmarks whilst others are known for their lifestyle of living on the beach or in the outback.

Industry

APEC promotes economic growth and one industry that consistently generates considerable revenue is the gaming industry. Australia has certainly seen a considerable increase in this field over the last few years, with especial interest in online gaming. Sites such as www.pokersites.com and www.casino.org assist Australian players to find the best gaming sites to ensure they have a great experience, thus fuelling the growth of this important economic sector.

Sydney

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Renowned for the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, the city of Sydney is one of class and charm. Come and enjoy the sunny days of shopping emporiums, five star restaurants, beautiful beaches, great nightlife and wonderful scenery.

Melbourne

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Melbourne bursts with culture and passion offering the best of fashion, the best of food and the best of sport.

Canberra

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Boasting many important public buildings and art works, the national capital is a great place to be.

Margaret River, Western Australia

Margaret River is the premier surfing destination in the Western Australia.

Perth

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Situated on the west coast of Australia, the city of Perth allows you to bask in a variety of activities and enjoy lovely scenery.

Brisbane

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Brisbane is a casual but beautiful city which takes great pride in sport. The scene is sub-tropical, the people are friendly and the weather is fabulous. Other great places to visit that's within Queensland are Hervey Bay and Noosa. The beautiful towns offer great beaches, fine dining, a good nightlife and breath taking scenery.

Adelaide

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Located in South Australia, Adelaide is a cultural city situated amongst hills and the sea. The streets are vast, fauna and flora bloom and the buildings boast a sophistication like no other.

Darwin

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Set at the top of Australia, Darwin is the epitome of a tropical city offering paradise and city pleasures to give you the best of both worlds. Enjoy the luxury of a sophisticated city but the relaxed aura of a tropical island.

Hobart

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Bursting with historic buildings, friendly people, amazing food and lovely scenery, Hobart is a great place to visit.

Up for Debate: The Future of the Great Barrier Reef

Made up of almost 3,000 individual reefs, 900 islands, and sprawling over a staggering 2,600 kilometers of ocean, the Great Barrier Reef is truly one of the great natural wonders of the world. For years it has been a magnet, attracting tourists from all over the world to the coast of Queensland, Australia. With Great Barrier Reef tours found in numerous cities up and down the coastline, there is no shortage of ways to experience the goliath gem of the Coral Sea. Despite the beauty associated with the reef, the government of Queensland will soon be finalizing the Queensland Plan, a state government initiative that will set the state’s priorities for the next 30 years. The initiative has launched fresh debate between industry and environmentalists over the future of the Great Barrier Reef. Read more.