Tasmania’s reputation as a hot tourism destination is set to be enhanced by initiatives in the State Budget, according to the accommodation industry.
The Accommodation Association of Australia said the additional $8 million of government investment in tourism, which was announced as part of the Budget, sets up a solid path to lifting the number of domestic and international visitors to Tasmania even more.
“As one of Tasmania’s largest and most important industries, tourism continues to be a high priority for the Hodgman Government and it deserves great credit for this,” said the Association’s Chief Executive Officer, Richard Munro.
“The extra funding for Tourism Tasmania’s promotional activities, together with $3 million which has been allocated for the industry to prepare for future growth is set to have a significant positive impact for operators of accommodation businesses, as well as the broader economy.
“Also, funding commitments in this Budget demonstrate that the Government continues to have a strong understanding of the importance of tourism in regional Tasmania.”
Mr Munro said the accommodation industry looks forward to working with the Government to help the industry capitalise on growth opportunities.
“The accommodation industry is pleased that another central focus of this Budget is jobsand our industry has responded by creating the Accommodation Association Academy to train and skill the best candidates to embark on a career in the accommodation industry” Mr Munro said.
“With more jobs comes more corporate travel and business events, giving Tasmania scope to increase visitation from these sectors.
“As the fiscal environment improves in the coming years, new demand-driven infrastructure – notably a convention centre in Hobart – should be considered.”