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MICEBTN - FEBRUARY 2015 • Page 35 SCOTT Christie-Johnston has been working in events, hospitality and tourism in Hobart for the past 10 years. Currently the business development manager at The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel, he previously was with Best Western in the UK. His role allows him to be involved not only in selling the property, but also Hobart as a destination, with its ever-growing range of new products and ideas. Hobart today is firmly on the radar both nationally and internationally and with recent refurbishment projects including at the Old Woolstore, he is looking forward to seeing growth across all markets. He was most recently involved with the restoration & rebranding of Hadley’s Orient Hotel – a circa 1834 property bought by the team at The Old Woolstore. He looks forward to introducing this iconic property to the market. Hobart weather in November springtime in Hobart is fantastic. Tas- mania has a reputation for clean green environment and it doesn’t get much bet- ter than November. The weather is mild and the days are long – daylight saving has well and truly kicked-in. What’s the first thing I should do after checking in at my hotel? Hobart is a vibrant working port so the two-minute walk down to the waterfront is a given, then amble along to salaman- ca. Heaps on offer including local tours, restaurants, cafes and bars. You’ll also pass the new Brooke street Pier develop- ment which was floated down the River derwent and moored in december. Where would you suggest friends meet for an intimate drink? The cosy Hunter street strip is close by, but is away from the hustle and bustle. Apart from dining facilities at The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel what is the best place for lunch? Make your way to salamanca and follow your nose. slightly hidden is sala- manca square which has a great range of eateries – ask a local where the salaman- ca square Fountain is and you’ll be right. Cargo & Jack greene are on the sala- My Town... HOBART manca strip and are amongst a group of eateries offering outdoor seating – great for a lazy lunch and a wine or two... If it is my first visit to Hobart what are some of the must-sees? I think it’s a must to get out on the river. Whether it’s a tour on one of Pennicott Wilderness Journey’s adventures, a ferry out to MoNA, a cruise down to Pepper- mint Bay or simply a water taxi across the river you’ll see a different side to Hobart. If you feel like getting above it all Tasma- nian Air Adventures has seaplane tours, while a drive to Mount Wellington summit will reward you with spectacular views. Any places or tourist spots I should avoid? The intriguing and heart-palpitating ghost tour at the World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic site is well worth it, but certainly not for the faint-hearted! If I want to bring home a memento of the trip what would you suggest? Plenty of photos, and perhaps a souve- nir crafted from Huon Pine. Pictured clockwise: Scott and companion at Dinner in the Sky; Bruny Island Cruises at The Monument; the Old Woolstore and the waterfront in Hobart.