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Mice Net : October 2008
tasmania LEFT: Strahan Village. Photo courtesy of Tourism Tasmania and Pure Tasmania. BELOW: Wrest Point. Photo courtesy of Tourism Tasmania and Wrest Point. group in both government and the private sector, is paving the way for future growth. And its current offerings are already working well thanks to its vast range. The Hotel Grand Chancellor, for example, is well-position to capitalise on any increase in domestic and international business. Located on Hobart’s waterfront, the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart offers good quality accommodation with panoramic views over the Derwent River, Mount Wellington and the city. With 243 guest rooms and a selection of conference facilities, the property is one of Tasmania’s most popular, especially for the corporate and association meetings market. The property is home to the Federation Concert Hall which in 2007 played host to the high-profile Meetings & Events Australia Annual Conference. The Federation Concert Hall offers an impressive tiered auditorium with the capacity to host 1600 delegates theatre-style in comfort, and boasts of being Hobart’s largest and most flexible function space. The venue is home to the world-renowned Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, with acoustics described as “second to none”. A gleaming Tasmanian hardwood stage and state-of-the-art audiovisual facilities makes it a perfect plenary space for high-end meetings. Other facilities at the Hotel Grand Chancellor include its grand ballroom, suitable for up to 600 delegates and divisible by three. Outside is the mezzanine foyer that not only acts as the entrance to the hotel’s major conference and events facilities but is also often utilised for exhibition booths (a maximum of 25). Another popular venue is Harbour View One. With floor-to-ceiling glass providing lovely views over the Hobart docklands area and 110 mice.net a capacity for up to 180 delegates, this venue rivals any on the mainland. Harbour View Two is a smaller dining room capable of seating up to 60 guests. The room has floor to ceiling glass windows looking over the Hobart waterfront. In terms of accommodation, there are plenty of styles and configurations to choose from depending on your preference and needs. Executive suites, for example, are well suited to the corporate travel market, offering a separate lounge and office area. Each also have a work desk, modem access, and harbour views. All rooms are finished with Tasmanian timbers, polished granite and local artworks. One of the other big players in the accommodation stakes in Hobart is Wrest Point. This venue played host to the 2007 Meetings & Events Australia Annual Awards dinner. The property offers a variety of accommodation options ranging from three-and-a-half star to five-star, and a wide variety of meetings facilities. There are also plenty of options to keep guests entertained with restaurants and bars, a gymnasium, indoor pool, spa, sauna, tennis court, mini-golf and beauty salon all onsite. The Wrest Point Conference Centre offers 14 function rooms featuring a tiered auditorium for 600, the Tasman Room with a capacity to accommodate 1000, exhibition space for up to 90 booths, and breakout rooms for smaller groups. Catering possibilities include casual barbeques on the riverbank lawns, banquets for 500, or private boat charters departing from Wrest Point’s private jetty. Tasmania’s second largest city, Launceston, is also a popular choice for conference groups. Launceston is home to Country Club Tasmania, another property