Italian Consul Mr Salvatore Napolitano will visit Stanthorpe from Thursday to explore export opportunities with local businesses, whilst the town showcased its vibrant cultural heritage.

Long regarded an authentic slice of Italy in Queensland, the Granite Belt will enjoy its moment to shine, with a number of iconic local tourism operators and producers meeting with the Consul
during the three-day tour from 25 February 2021.

Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Vic Pennisi said it was an honour to host Mr Napolitano and promote the rich and colourful Italian culture and produce that defines the southern region. “Our Italian heritage has stitched a number of patches into the tapestry of the Granite Belt and broader Southern Downs region and it is a privilege to showcase the region’s diversity and culture to the Consul and his travelling dignitaries,” Mayor Pennisi said.

“We look forward to growing and fostering our partnership with Italy during this visit and exploring new, mutual export opportunities to benefit ‘grassroots tourism’, our local producers
and industry. Whether you live, work, play or stay on the Southern Downs, we offer everything from amazing fresh produce, award winning wineries, boutique breweries, unique arts and crafts and we are proud to share these regional highlights with the Consul.”

The International Club will host a public dinner with the Consul on Thursday 25 February 2021. The Consul also visited food manufactures, reviewed the Italian Enrichment Program at the
Stanthorpe State High School and met with industry representatives such as Chambers of Commerce.

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