Yesterday Hobart welcomed 700 business event delegates, 50 sponsors, 175 partners and 200 exhibitors from across Australia for the four-day Association of School Business Administrators annual conference.

The conference will benefit Tasmania’s economy to the tune of $2.5 million. With offsite functions at Mona, Mac2 and Princes Wharf No.1, this is a great example of the benefits of conferencing to our members.

It is expected that bars and restaurants throughout Hobart’s waterfront will also see an influx of visitors over the conference and the days that follow.

October is one of the busiest months for conferencing in Tasmania and many members are reporting that they are seeing the benefits that large numbers of delegates have on their business.

The influx of 1300 delegates attending the Early Childhood Australia National Conference had locals talking last week and the impact of the group was certainly felt in Hobart.

The conference itself injected close to $3.5million into the Tasmanian economy. Feedback from conference delegates was extremely positive with many planning to stay on post the conference, touring all over Tasmania with families for the school holidays.

Significant business events taking place in October include the already mentioned Association of School Business Administrators National Conference (700PAX), Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Council’s of Australia Conference (500 PAX) and the Foodworks Annual Conference (600 PAX) being held at Wrest Point.

Devonport is hosting the important Australian Regional Tourism Convention from October 21 – 23.  This is a fantastic result for Tasmania and a great example of Business Events Tasmania working with key stakeholders to win business into the state.

The convention will be held at the paranaple Convention Centre with Devonport’s Quality Hotel Gateway taking much of the attendee accommodation. With around 150 delegates expected, the event will inject over $300,000 into the local economy as well as the intangible benefits of conferencing including the promotion of cultural exchange, boosting productivity, fostering innovation and nurturing research collaboration.