01-Dec-2011 | We are almost half way through the 2011/2012 financial year and to date the team at Business Events Tasmania has been extremely busy with site inspections, famils and generating bids for business events to the State.So far, we are experiencing significant success in winning bids; however, actual delegate numbers are down. Feedback from the Association of Australian Convention Bureau indicates that a down turn in delegate numbers is a national trend. To counter this trend BET is looking at a dedicated research resource to target the association meetings and the larger conferences that rotate around Australia.
In reviewing the conference activity to date, July and August were busy for Launceston and Hobart has experienced solid activity in October, November and early December. The calendar for the remainder of this financial year is looking strong.
A Delegate Expenditure Research Report February to August 2011, has been completed by Enterprise Research Marketing and Research Services (EMRS). The purpose of this research was to gather information about the direct contribution that convention delegates travelling to the state make to the Tasmanian economy. We will be able to release findings from this report early next year and are confident that members will find both the quantitative and qualitative analysis very informative and useful.
Preparation is well under way for AIME 2012 and it is great to see that the Business Events Tasmania stand is fully subscribed by our members. AIME continues to be the premier event in the Asia-Pacific region for the meetings and events industry. As in previous years we are confident that strong leads for Tasmania, will be generated from our attendance and, in particular, we will be working hard to drive business to the regions.
As this is the final newsletter for the year, I would like to take the opportunity of thanking you for your support through 2011 and wish you all the very best for the festive season!
Chief Executive Officer