27-Feb-2013 | Winning the Australian Institute of Conveyancers (AIC) national conference for Tasmania for the first time in the AIC’s history was quite a coup – a 25% boost in delegate registrations, the conference’s best attendance record in its 20 year history, was the icing on the cake.And is it any wonder... Delegates at this weekend’s conference will enjoy a sunset cruise to Peppermint Bay; a barbeque on the edge of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel; a key note address from Australia’s most in-demand female speaker, Tasmanian Robyn Moore; a gala dinner featuring some of the states finest musicians and entertainers; MONA; and a concert with renowned performer Wendy Matthews on the lawns at the Museum Of Old and New Art.
It all started when Tasmanian President of the AIC and local conveyancer Helen Kent of Lowrie Kent Conyeyancing attended her first national conference and noticed that Tasmania was not on the conferences rotation as a host destination.
“Six of the seven Tasmanian Licenced Conyeyancers joined the AIC in 2008. I then attended the national conference in Alice Springs the following year and made a bid to host the Conference in Tasmania in the future.”
With the assistance of Business Events Tasmania, the states peak body for attracting conferences, corporate meetings and incentives to the state, Helen commenced lobbying for the event.
“It took two years, but we were successful in winning the bid for the 2013 event, which had an anticipated attendance of 200 delegates. I thought I couldn’t have been happier, until I was advised that we had 270 delegates registered for the conference, a 25% increase on the predicted attendance and the conference’s best attendance on record in its 20 year history!”
Business Events Tasmania Chief Executive Officer Stuart Nettlefold said “this conference is a brilliant example of how industry and Business Events Tasmania can work together to bring a nationally significant event to the state.
“The AIC will be introducing cutting edge software, PEXA (Property Exchange Australia), a purpose built system that brings property exchange into the 21st century, at this conference.
“Tasmanian conveyancers now have access to industry leading education, right on their doorstep – at a fraction of the cost of attending the event interstate. One Tasmanian firm from Burnie has registered 7 staff to take advantage of this opportunity.”
“Our services are absolutely free – so anyone who would like to do what Helen has done and bring their national conference to Tasmania should contact us immediately.
“Local Champions like Helen don’t need to know a thing about bidding for or organising a conference to instigate an event coming here. We are across ‘everything business events’ in Tasmania, so that they don’t have to be - it’s our job and our passion.”
The AIC conference is taking place this weekend, 1-3 March, at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart.
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