Traditionally a busy month for conferencing and business events, this September is not disappointing, with several thousand delegates visiting the state over the coming weeks.

Hobart will play host to some significant events over the month including the Early Childhood Australia National Conference (1,300 delegates), the Fertility Society of Australia Annual Conference (600 delegates), 2019 Barbershop Harmony Australia Convention (500 delegates) and the Australian Association of Special Education National Conference (330 delegates).

A range of Tasmanian speakers will be presenting at the Engineers Australia – Australasian Coasts and Ports Conference 2019, being held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart from 10-13 September. With approximately 370 delegates attending, and an estimated economic impact of around $500,000, this conference aligns strongly with key Tasmanian industry and will bring together engineers, planners, scientists and researchers to Hobart, to focus on the technological, scientific, policy, planning and design issues related to our diverse and developing coasts.

Northern Tasmania is also seeing some strong conference activity this month with close to one thousand delegates descending on the region to attend business events specifically aligned to BET’s Tasmanian Ambassador Program and 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.

Business events travellers, or delegates, are high yielding, spending on average twice as much as a leisure visitor, often extending their visit to Tasmania and returning for a holiday in the future; making them crucial to our local economy.

Recently conducted research indicates that on average, business event delegates are staying approximately 6.1 days in Tasmania, with many conferences, particularly in the agricultural sphere, hosting pre and post conference tours which is again increasing the length of stay of the delegate.

Twenty five percent of delegates coming to Tasmania are bringing family or friends with them when they travel to Tasmania for a conference or business event, again increasing the positive impact to local Tasmanian tourism, hospitality and business event suppliers.

As your link to the national and international business events market, the team at BET are working hard to continue to drive the demand and capitalise on the opportunities that present for our members.  Bid activity is currently strong and we are now focussed on converting bids to confirmed business within the association, corporate and incentive travel markets.