Tasmanian Hospitality Review - February / March 2023


Minister for Hospitality and Events Nic Street

Tasmania continues to be the events capital of the nation with another thriving summer of events being delivered across all regions of the State. The booming success of events like Festivale, the Burnie International and Ironman 70.3 all demonstrate the Government’s commitment to bring more world- class events to Tasmania, ensuring our events sector remains vibrant all year round. In Launceston, a sell-out Festivale showcased the state’s fantastic food and beverage to over 28,500 people over three days, drawing visitors from around Australia to celebrate all things Tasmanian. In the south, for the first time more than 1200 athletes from around the nation took to Hobart’s streets and waterways for the Ironman 70.3. Attracting over 3000 visitors to the state this inaugural event provided an economic boost of around $2 million to Tasmania. We look forward to seeing this event grow over the next four years. And in the north-west, Burnie International Tennis concluded with the Final on between Australian tennis stars James Duckworth and Rinky Hijikata, the latter fresh from his Australian Open Doubles victory. Tasmania’s visitor economy is thriving, business confidence is up, and our Government’s vision is to take the Tasmanian events industry to the next level.

Our blockbuster summer of events in Tasmania is, by no means over, with Ten Days on the Island, Taste of the Huon, Mona Foma at both ends of the state, the long weekend in Longford motorsport showcase, the Tasmanian Wooden Boat Festival, and the bucket-list adventure run Gone Nuts on the North West Coast over the next few months alone. The list of events that have taken place in Tasmania over the last few months is significant. From the Wynyard Tulip Festival, Taste of Summer, Festivale, the Big Bash and International Cricket, Hobart and Burnie International Tennis Tournaments and the Sydney to Hobart, there has been something for everyone. Our Government is proud to support so many fantastic events in Tasmania, and will always ensure they are fit to attract visitors and give Tasmanians access to the best world-class events in their own backyard. It goes without saying that each and every one of these events would not be possible if not for the tremendous organising committees, world-class stallholders and armies of staff that ensure the Tasmanian events experience is a truly memorable one.

All the best for the rest of the Tasmanian summer events season!

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