Tasmania’s growing reputation for hosting international business conferences has been boosted further with the announcement that global trade association Interferry has chosen Hobart as the venue for its 45th annual conference in October 2020.

Business Events Tasmania (BET) worked closely with TT-Line Company Pty Ltd, operators of the Spirit of Tasmania vessels, and Tasmania’s Department of State Growth to bring this event to Tasmania.

This will be only the third time that the ferry industry’s showcase event will have been staged in Australia, following Sydney in 1995 and Gold Coast in 2002.

The significant decision to select Hobart was recently confirmed following an Interferry board meeting in Atlanta, USA.

Interferry CEO Mike Corrigan said “Interferry looks forward to bringing its annual global conference to Tasmania.  We would like to extend an open invitation to ferry operators and industry suppliers in Australia and the Asia Pacific region to come to Hobart and interact with their counterparts from around the world”.

Interferry has more than 230-member companies – comprising operators and suppliers – in 37 countries.


CEO of Business Events Tasmania Stuart Nettlefold said the win demonstrates Tasmania’s capability to host important international conferences.

“Events such as Interferry put Tasmania on the global stage and showcase Tasmania’s leadership in the marine industry sector,” Stuart Nettlefold said.

BET member Spirit of Tasmania will be the host company for the international conference.

CEO Bernard Dwyer said the company was very pleased with Interferry’s decision to hold the conference in Australia.

“The conference, combined with several days of networking and social events, is recognised as a must-do experience by industry professionals from all over the world, as well as the Asia Pacific where Interferry has a strong membership base,” he said.

Mr Dwyer, who spoke at last year’s Interferry conference in Split in Croatia which was attended by a record 470 participants, said the company would use the conference to update delegates on the two new vessels expected to commence operating on Bass Strait the following year.

2020 is looking to be a strong year for international business events in Hobart with the following events confirmed:

  • 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)