The world is arriving for dinner tonight (Fri) , and Tasmania is ready to play host.

More than 250 guests, including 80 of the world’s most influential foodies, will join us at Restaurant Australia’s Invite the World to Dinner gala event at MONA.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to showcase everything our state is renowned for with guests who will share the experience with a global audience of more than 400 million.

It is testament to Tasmania’s reputation for world class food and wine that we have been chosen to host the main event of Tourism Australia’s multi-million dollar global campaign.

The guests were today given a teaser of what to expect at The Marketplace, a pop-up event on Hobart’s waterfront.

There’s no doubt our island’s flavours and quality produce have been tantalising tastebuds the world over, but this event is a chance to entice even more hungry travellers to our state.

According to Tourism Australia research, the growth of gourmet tourism is a billion-dollar opportunity.

Tasmania has an impressive share already; in the year to June more than 280,000 interstate and international tourists visited a food producer while in Tasmania, more than 170,000 visited a winery and more than 150,000 stopped at breweries or distilleries.

These are impressive figures, but we’re confident that events like Invite the World to Dinner and next week’s visit by the Chinese President will boost our visitor numbers even further and help us reach our target of attracting 1.5 million visitors to our state each year by 2020.
Will Hodgman, Premier Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Events