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Tasmania’s restaurants are booming, and your Association is looking for more ways to help members down there

Another trip to another part of the nation—this time, I’m off to Hobart to measure how the Association and the industry are fairing on the apple isle. By all accounts, Tasmania has started 2011 in as strong a position as other states. They are 11.9 per cent up in turnover terms. In contrast, on average, national total January and February 2011 revenues were only 4.5 per cent up on the same period in 2010. From a tourism perspective, visitation to Tasmania last year (to December 2010) was 904,000 visitors, down from 912,100 for the previous year. Given the strong revenue result for restaurants, this suggests that, like the rest of the nation, the majority of demand is local consumers eating out more.

There is a need to provide greater focus on members in Tasmania. Membership numbers have fallen below where they should be for a State that is performing relatively well. The Association will be committing more resources into promoting into Tasmania in coming months. We will continue to work with the THA and will promote programs to restaurateurs and caterers in Tasmania.

The Association’s service offering is continuing to grow and, as a result, membership is more compelling than ever. We must ensure that every restaurateur and caterer has access to improve their business.

Brien Trippas
President, Restaurant & Catering

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