Who is the THA?
The Tasmanian Hospitality Association is the peak industry body for hotels, restaurants, pubs and clubs in Tasmania.
The THA is a proactive body which seeks at all times to advocate for the hospitality sector, and ensure Tasmania has a viable and profitable hospitality industry both now and into the future.
Informed by direct industry contact and member representation, the THA actively seeks to engage all levels of government to lobby on behalf of the sector and play a lead role in the formation of industry-relevant policies.
The THA represents members which make up Tasmania’s third-largest industry, and is at the cutting edge of promoting Tasmania’s quality food and beverage experiences to visitors and locals alike.
A hands-on and outcome-driven body, the THA plays a lead role in developing the hospitality workforce of the future, working closely with training partners and the sector to ensure hospitality skills and hospitality careers are at the forefront of employment pathways and industry direction.
The THA provides a range of services to its membership, with a focus on full industrial relations support and advice. With a commitment to ensuring productive and encouraging workplaces, the THA is there to ensure the hospitality businesses of today are the industry leaders of tomorrow.
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The Tasmanian Hospitality Association’s heritage stretches back to the oldest body dedicated to the industry’s interests in Australia.
The THA began its life in 1839 when a group of Hobart publicans formed the United Licensed Victuallers’ Association in response to authorities who saw pubs and taverns as an easy target to extract fines which went directly into police pay packets.
With the motto, ‘Union is strength’, the ULVA had some immediate success in preventing unfair persecution of its members, and went on to establish itself as a key body representing pubs in Tasmania.
Now known as the THA, the organisation continues to embody its original purpose of member representation, but has evolved into a multi-faceted employer organisation representing not just pubs, but accommodation venues, restaurants and clubs.