Hobart welcomes return of large scale face-to-face conferencing

Hobart welcomed 850 delegates last week for the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Congress, held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart.

Run over four days, the Congress included keynote presentations, nine concurrent meeting streams, workshops, receptions, an offsite gala dinner, a night of informal dinners, and exhibition of 40 organisations and a virtual offering.

“In this professional environment, it was important to the College to be able to bring their membership and community together once again to connect and share knowledge and expertise, safely and effectively,” said organiser Kate Smith, managing director of WALDRONSMITH Management.

“There was a strong appetite from the delegates to do so and of course the added attraction of exploring Tasmania whilst here was a draw card for delegates. We were delighted to be able to work in collaboration with the business events community in Hobart to make the Congress a reality and a positive experience for all concerned. The support and commitment of Hotel Grand Chancellor, Scene Change and ExpoTas was outstanding.

“I think one of the great things with Hobart is what you can experience whilst you are there. We know delegates have taken advantage of that this week, either arriving early or staying a few days longer, to explore more of what Tasmania has to offer.”

Business Events Tasmania CEO Marnie Craig said the Congress was one of the business events that had to postpone their event in 2020 due to Covid-19, but the College was very keen to keep Hobart as the host city.

“We’re thrilled to see conferencing returning to Tasmania on this scale, to see an event like this run safely and successfully is such a confidence boost for our industry,” said Craig.

“The feedback we’ve received about the destination, the venue and ease of conferencing in Hobart, is really pleasing.”