23 October 2019
Today I joined Rotorlift Aviation to officially launch the Tasman Island Experience which gives visitors the chance to experience Tasmania’s rugged and remote Tasman Peninsula, taking in magnificent 360 degree views of remote coastal wilderness.
Our National Parks and Reserves are one of the key drivers of growth in our visitor economy with close to half of our tourists saying they come here to see them. The most recent data for visitation to our National Parks shows an increase of 2 per cent to 1.45 million visits over the 2018/19 time period.
The Hodgman majority Liberal Government has a plan to make Tasmania the eco-tourism capital of the world.
Our expression of interest (EOI) process for sensible and appropriate tourism developments in our National Parks, Reserves and Crown Land is helping to grow our reputation as a premium tourist destination whilst also enabling enterprising operators to bring forward new and innovative ideas ensuring we continue to offer a diversity of experiences to meet the changing demographics and expectations of locals and visitors alike.
The combined value of all projects in the EOI pipeline is approximately $100 million, and those projects have the potential to create more than 250 full time equivalent jobs.
Tourism is a key driver of our economy, and with a record $2.46 billion spent by visitors in the last year, the government is committed to supporting sensible and sustainable tourism that showcases the Tasmanian way of life and protects what’s special about our state.
Our EOI process is helping to reimagine our regions; it’s about creating jobs and stronger regional economies across the state, while protecting what’s special about our state.
I congratulate Rotorlift Aviation on the official launch of the Tasman Island experience.