PREMIER Lara Giddings returned from a 14-day Asian trade mission yesterday confident of strong economic outcomes for the state, with the chance of a Chinese state visit next year.
The trip, built off the back of the government's Asian Century white paper, included discussions with key forestry markets in Japan alongside peace deal signatories and exporting Hydro Tasmania's remote generation technologies to Indonesia.
``We've made the most of meeting with various banks various potential investors, those already in partnership with Tasmania through the education system and also promoting our energy sector,'' Ms Giddings said.
That included a meeting the powerful China Development Bank to identify and help fund major investment projects in Tasmania.
Ms Giddings heralded the signing of memorandum of understanding documents on Antarctic resupply and education as tangible benefits from the trip as key relationship-strengthening documents that would benefit the economy.
``Virtually all of these job-creating opportunities would not be possible without the face to face engagement of this trade mission,'' Ms Giddings said.
Ms Giddings was welcomed back to the state with a colourful display from Tasmania's Chinese community, including a five-metre long banner and performers acting the traditional and popular Lion Dance.
The trade mission could also bring a notable tourist, with Ms Giddings hopeful Chinese President Xi Jinping may chose to visit after Australia hosts the G20 in October next year.
``We've taken the next step forward in presenting a formal invitation to President Xi Jinping and his wife to visit Tasmania,'' Ms Giddings said.
``We now wait to hear whether or not that official invitation will be accepted, but we've already started discussions with the appropriate people in Beijing around what sort of itinerary could be put together for President Xi.
``We know he wants to come, he's already said that to the former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and we're fairly confident he will take this opportunity up.''
A formal state visit to Tasmania would bring huge tourism and economic benefits to the state, building huge exposure in China.
It's understood the visit will focus on Southern Tasmania, with the President previously Governor of the Fujian province, which has a twinned relationship with Hobart.
The trip seems to have interfered with Ms Giddings welcoming new Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott into his role, despite efforts while away.
``I've still not had any communication from the new Prime Minister, I have been trying to contact him . . . and it does concern me that Tasmania appears to be low down on his priorities,'' she said.
Mr Hodgman was dismissive of the communications breakdown, saying he had given a message of congratulations to Mr Abbott but had not received a reply himself.
``I'm sure Tasmanians would recognise he's got a lot on his plate . . . I think Lara Giddings is being particularly precious,'' Mr Hodgman said.