Supporting Tasmania's iconic tourism industry

11 April, 2016

Supporting Tasmania's iconic tourism industry

The Turnbull Government is helping drive tourists into regional Tasmania which in turn generates jobs, investment and growth in communities.

Member for Lyons, Eric Hutchinson MP, today announced federal funding of more than $250,000 for projects to enhance visitor experience in the Tasman region including at Port Arthur, one of Tasmania's premier visitor attractions.

"The Port Arthur Historic Site Visitor Centre will receive a $206,125 grant for the redevelopment of tourist facilities, including upgrading the centre to have the capacity to welcome and process all walkers on the recently opened Three Capes Track," Mr Hutchinson said.

"A grant of $36,000 will assist the creation of a Port Arthur and Coal Mines Theatrical Interpretation Program. This project aims to provide engaging and educational experiences that encourage visitors to stay in the region for longer.

"The Tasman Council will receive a $12,500 grant for a feasibility study to identify potential investment and development opportunities in the region that will assist to grow the accommodation offering, increase the length of stay and ensure visitor spend is distributed throughout the region."

Mr Hutchinson said it was great to see the number of visitors to the state increasing and the Hobart and Southern Tasmanian tourism region received 3.5 million visitors who spent $1.5 billion in the year ending December 2015.

Minister for Tourism and International Education, Senator Richard Colbeck, said the funding was provided under the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Programme which aims to drive demand, improve quality and increase tourism expenditure to assist the tourism industry in meeting Tourism 2020 targets.

"Tourism has been identified as one of five super growth sectors for the Australian economy and we are committed to ensuring regional communities benefit from the growth the tourism industry is experiencing," Minister Colbeck said.

"With 44 cents of every tourism dollar spent in regional areas, driving tourism demand to areas including the Tasman region will have a flow-on effect for employment and the local economy.

Under the TDDI programme the Turnbull Government is providing $43.1 million over four years to state and territories for their tourism infrastructure needs.

Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) Programme projects

Grant amount

Port Arthur Historic Site Visitor Centre masterplan

$206,125

Port Arthur and Coal Mines Theatrical Interpretation Plan

$36,000

Tasman Region feasibility study development

$12,500

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