Tasmania set for huge month of conferencing

Thousands of delegates will attend business events in both Hobart and Launceston over the next few weeks.

Tasmania is bracing for a huge month of conferencing, with a host of major events set to take place across the state in September.

Among the business events in this month’s calendar is the Early Childhood Australia National Conference, the Fertility Society of Australia Annual Conference, the Barbershop Harmony Australia Convention and the Australian Association of Special Education National Conference.

The Early Childhood Australia National Conference alone will attract 1300 delegates to Hobart on 25-28 September.

Business Events Tasmania (BET) CEO Marnie Craig said the event will give Hobart the chance to showcase its ability to excel in hosting conferences of this size.

“Delegates and conference organisers will experience a real ownership of Tasmania’s harbourside capital,” she said.

“The ability to walk with ease from the main conferencing venue, the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, to offsite venues, hotels, restaurants and bars will be a stand out for attendees ­– just one of the many benefits of conferencing in Tasmania.”

Hobart will also play host to the Engineers Australia – Australasian Coasts and Ports Conference 2019 this month. The conference aligns strongly with key Tasmanian industry and will bring together engineers, planners, scientists and researchers to focus on the technological, scientific, policy, planning and design issues related to our diverse and developing coasts.

Meanwhile, Northern Tasmania is also seeing strong conference activity this month with close to 1000 delegates descending on the region to attend business events including the Society of Precision Agriculture Australia National Conference, the Australian Truffle Growers Association National Conference and AGM, and the Australian Conference for Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

“September is a bumper time for conferences in Tasmania,” said Craig.

“As well as the accessibility of Tasmania’s major cities, we offer world-class food and beverage, unique offsite venues, pristine natural environment and a great selection of pre- and post-touring options.

“We’re continuing to see strong delegate attendance at conferences in both Hobart and Launceston, and the next few weeks are a great example of that.”

In a welcome boost to keep Tasmania competitive in the business events market, the Tasmanian Government recently pledged $1.2 million over four years for a business events attraction fund.

Craig said the additional funding allows BET to offer financial support at the critical bidding stage, helping to secure more strategic conferences to Tasmania.

“It’s a much-welcomed funding boost that will help Tasmania maintain a competitive edge when bidding for conferences and business events against competing destinations.”

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