In another nod to Tasmania’s growing reputation as a high quality conference destination, the state will be buzzing with conference delegates over the month of September.
Hobart will play host to some significant events during the month including the Early Childhood Australia National Conference, the Fertility Society of Australia Annual Conference, 2019 Barbershop Harmony Australia Convention and the Australian Association of Special Education National Conference.
Business Events Tasmania (BET) CEO Marnie Craig said ‘with an expected 1,300 delegates attending the Early Childhood Australia National Conference from 25-28 September in Hobart, the city will be showcasing it’s ability to excel in hosting conferences of this size. Delegates and conference organisers will experience a real ownership of Tasmania’s harbourside capital. The ability to walk with ease from the main conferencing venue (the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart) to offsite venues, hotels, restaurants and bars will be a stand out for attendees-just one of the many benefits of conferencing in Tasmania.’
A range of Tasmanian speakers will be presenting at the Engineers Australia – Australasian Coasts and Ports Conference 2019. This conference aligns strongly with key Tasmanian industry and will bring together engineers, planners, scientists and researchers in 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.
Craig said ‘September is a bumper time for conferences in Tasmania. It just highlights how Tasmania continues to be seen as an extremely desirable destination for business events. As well as the accessibility of Tasmania’s major cities, we offer world-class food and beverage, unique offsite venues, pristine natural environment and a great selection of pre- and post-touring options.
‘We’re continuing to see strong delegate attendance at conferences in both Hobart and Launceston, and the next few weeks are a great example of that.’
In a welcomed boost to keep Tasmania competitive in the business events market, in their 2019-20 budget, the Tasmanian State Government pledged $1.2 million over four years for a business events attraction fund.
In relation to the Tasmanian business events attraction fund, Craig commented ‘This additional funding will allow BET to offer financial support at the critical bidding stage, to help secure strategic conferences to Tasmania.
‘It’s a much-welcomed funding boost that will help Tasmania maintain a competitive edge when bidding for conferences and business events against competing destinations.’