The 22nd International Farm Management Association Congress 2019 wraps up tomorrow at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston.  The international Congress titled Growing Agriculture @ 41 Degrees South – excellence in farm management through innovation, diversification and integration with tourism, saw around 300 predominantly international delegates, converge on northern Tasmania for 5 days of conference activity.

The Local Organising Committee framed the Congress program of invited speakers, contributed papers, discussion and workshop sessions, and farm visits to stimulate thinking around the theme.

Northern Tasmania provided the perfect location for easily accessible pre-congress tours as well as field trips within the official conference program.

Business Events Tasmania (BET) CEO Marnie Craig said ‘It’s estimated that the Congress will benefit the economy by over $1.5 million, but the positive impacts reach far beyond the economic benefits’.

‘It provides Tasmania with a wonderful opportunity to showcase what the state has to offer on the international stage.’

‘With pre-congress tours running from 24 February throughout Tasmania, and post-congress tours through Victoria and New South Wales, the benefits of this important international congress will be felt broadly outside of major cities’ said Craig.

Tours and field trips have included visits to leading agricultural enterprises including sheep and wool, fat lambs, dairying, cattle fattening and cropping – all areas of significant important to Tasmania.

Craig continued to say that ‘Launceston is gaining momentum as a business events destination. BET has recently secured 13 conferences to Launceston, with 11 of these conferences bringing 2,500 delegates to the north of Tasmania in 2019.  With events such as the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards ceremony being held just last week in Launceston’s picturesque Cataract Gorge, people are seeing what can be achieved in northern Tasmania!’

Image – Tourism Tasmania & Graham Freeman