Our History

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.