The Launceston Chamber of Commerce was pleased to learn that it’s lobbying of Business Events Tasmania, local councils, and State Government has finally come to fruition today with the announcement that Business Events Tasmania will appoint a part-time Convention Business Development Manager based in Launceston for at least the next two years.
The Chamber has been actively pursuing this role for Launceston since the release of its Convention Centre Feasibility Report in October last year. Executive Officer of the Launceston Chamber of Commerce, Maree Tetlow, stated that “the report into the viability of a Convention Centre advised that although Launceston doesn’t have the demand for a purpose-built Convention Centre at this time, we should be performing better with the facilities we already have that can easily cater for between 200 – 450 delegates.” “To turn this around the report consultants advised us that we needed a convention specialist actively focusing on Launceston’s convention sector – with the role delivering on business development, sales, marketing, event support, and product development” she said. “The Chamber met with local councils and venues to request they contribute funding a convention role, and once we had indications of interest we commenced talks with Business Events Tasmania in November last year.”
Ms Tetlow concluded that “the reason the Chamber has been so active and committed to establishing this role in Launceston and improving our ability to cater to conventions is that they are very valuable to our business sector. Conventions not only utilise our tourism and hospitality services, they also require printing, audio visual and staging, ground transportation, caterers, equipment rental, cleaning services, graphic design, entertainers, props and costumes, decorators, florists, security, signage and more.” The Launceston Chamber of Commerce looks forward to working with all stake-holders to maximise the new role and ensure it delivers the expected business to the region.