TARGA Tasmania is excited to announce that it will stay in the City of Devonport for the first time in its 30 year history, boosting tourism and business in the northern city.
The two year deal will see the field based in Devonport for two nights in both 2023 and 2024.
It will see TARGA Tasmania deliver over $4million in direct economic return over the four nights scheduled for the city across that period. As well as being home to the competitors, Devonport will host TARGAfest shows each night in the CBD Multi-Level Car Park, a Ceremonial Start in the heart of the city and the Official Finish of the Rookie Rally event.
Devonport has hosted various parts of TARGA Tasmania over the years and is the home of the majority of competitors arriving in Tasmania via the Spirit of Tasmania. However, it has never been able to host a full overnight stop in the city due to the event requiring large amounts of quality accommodation options, combined with other key infrastructure such as café’s, restaurants, car parks and service stations.
Thanks in large part to the recent opening of Novotel Devonport, TARGA Tasmania organisers can now bring the event to the city for two nights for at least the next two events, with the Hotel operating as event headquarters on October 25 and 26 this year.
TARGA CEO Mark Perry said “Coming on the back of a tough few years, this is amazing news for our event, staying in a brand new location, close to a number of iconic TARGA stages and it will give a new and exciting feel for all those taking part.
“We would sincerely like to thank the Novotel Devonport and the Devonport City Council for their excitement and willingness to bring TARGA Tasmania to Devonport on a scale never seen before.”
Ana Royal, General Manager of Novotel Devonport said, “We are delighted to be working with TARGA, it’s incredible to see Devonport so vibrant and alive with visitors to our beautiful city. It is a huge honour to support our community, our hotel team cannot wait to take care of guests for this important event.”
Devonport Mayor Cr Alison Jarman said, “It is incredibly exciting for the city to host TARGA Tasmania, in particular to host participants for two nights during the event. It is testament to the evolution of the city that it is now in a position to accommodate such an iconic event, not just as an event stage holder, but as a stopover point for the participants to base themselves and we welcome the opportunity for the TARGA participants to experience all the city has to offer.”
TARGA Tasmania 2023 will take place in October for the first time, from 23 to 28 October followed by a return to its normal April dates from 8 to 13 April 2024.
Following this exciting partnership with Novotel Devonport and the Devonport City Council, the overnight locations for the next two TARGA Tasmania events have been confirmed.
TARGA Tasmania 2023
- 22 – 24 October – Launceston
- 25 & 26 October – Devonport
- 27 & 28 October – Hobart
TARGA Tasmania 2024
- 7 – 9 April- Launceston
- 10 & 11 April- Devonport
- 12 & 13 April- Hobart