19 June 2018

Last night, Business Events Tasmania (BET) brought together some of Tasmania’s most recognised academics, leading business professionals and government officials to celebrate their ongoing efforts in positioning Tasmania as a global business events destination.

The event was a celebration of BET’s successful Tasmanian Ambassador Program. Launched in 2016, the Program now has thirteen passionate and influential ambassadors as well as the patron The Premier of Tasmania, the Honourable Will Hodgman, championing the state as a leading business event destination to the world.

The Ambassadors are leaders in their field and represent Tasmania’s key industry sectors including information, communication and technology, science research, Antarctic and Southern Ocean, agriculture and the maritime sector. 

Business Events Tasmania CEO Marnie Craig said “it is their professional achievements, knowledge, expertise and global networks that sets our Ambassadors apart and it is important to recognise their valuable contribution to Tasmania.

“The Program helps us to win prestigious global events for Tasmania. It’s success can be seen with the strong results we’ve achieved in 2020.” Craig said.

The number of significant international business events confirmed for Hobart in 2020 continues to grow and includes:

  • International Harbour Masters Association Congress 2020 (May)
  • XXXVI Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Delegates Meeting and Open Science Conference 2020 (July)
  • Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs AGM 2020 (August)
  • CCAMLR (October)
  • World Seabird Conference 2020 (October)
  • Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference 2020 (October)

“Business events do so much more than boost a region’s economy. They attract global talent, encourage foreign investment, stimulate trade and facilitate the transfer of knowledge. They also foster innovation, boost productivity, nurture research collaboration and promote cultural exchange for Tasmania,” said Craig.

Three new Ambassadors were formally inducted at the BET event.

Theo Kapodistrias – a lawyer in the Legal Services team at the University of Tasmania

Dr Greg Oates-Programme Director, Bachelor of Education (Primary), School of Education, University of Tasmania, Launceston

Associate Professor Shuhong Chai-Associate Dean Global for the College of Sciences and Engineering and Acting Principal of the Australian Maritime College.


For comment: Marnie Craig – Chief Executive Officer, Business Events Tasmania