16 January 2016
Will Hodgman, Premier
Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Events
Minister for Sport and Recreation
The Hobart International brings the world's best to Tasmania, and it shows the best of Tasmania to the world.
This year, 23 of the top 60 players have been battling it out for the Hobart International title.
Today, I congratulate Alize Cornet on claiming the 23rd Hobart International title, and runner up Eugenie Bouchard on making it to the final.
Tasmanians love the opportunity to watch world class tennis in our own back yard. Every year there's thousands who turn out to the Domain Tennis Centre to cheer on their favourites.
The event is estimated to inject about $2 million into our economy and the media exposure is estimated to be valued at more than $3.5 million. It is also an opportunity to showcase Hobart.
This year pictures of many players at Mount Wellington, Constitution Dock and hugging wildlife have been beamed to hundreds of thousands across social media.
This is great exposure for our state and one of the many reasons the Tasmanian Government is proud to support this event with $75,000 in funding from Events Tasmania in 2016.
Of course none of this could happen without the volunteers working behind the scenes and on the court, and I sincerely thank you for your dedication.