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HOBART is host­ing one of the largest con­fer­ences ever to be held in Tasmania this week with the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Con­fer­ence (AIEC) 2017 run­ning un­til to­mor­row.

Some 1,250 del­e­gates are at­tend­ing the con­fer­ence, which is be­ing held at the Ho­tel Grand Chan­cel­lor Hobart.

Busi­ness Events Tasmania ceo Stu­art Net­tle­fold said the di­rect eco­nomic ben­e­fit of the con­fer­ence was $4 mil­lion.

“The con­fer­ence also aligns strate­gi­cally with the sub­stan­tial work the Univer­sity of Tasmania is do­ing in at­tract­ing in­ter­na­tional stu­dents glob­ally,” he said.

It is the first time the event has been held in Tasmania.

Net­tle­fold said the event kicked off a bumper sea­son for con­fer­ences in the state.

“This Sep to Nov is a bumper time for busi­ness events in Tasmania with over 40 na­tional and in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences be­ing hosted,” he said.

“AIEC demon­strates our abil­ity to host sig­nif­i­cant con­fer­ences in our beau­ti­ful city Hobart.”

The event is a ma­jor op­por­tu­nity for in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion prac­ti­tion­ers, teach­ing staff, re­searchers, pol­i­cy­mak­ers and other stake­hold­ers to learn about ma­jor in­dus­try trends and de­vel­op­ment and to net­work with Aus­tralian and in­ter­na­tional col­leagues. This year’s theme for the event is “Em­brac­ing Di­ver­sity”, which re­flects the di­ver­sity in in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion. Photo: Tourism Aus­tralia

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