Tasmania Premier Will Hodgman
Spirit Of Tasmania Bookings Continue To Surge
Victor P Taffa
Latest TT-line forward bookings data confirms the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s Plan to increase visitor numbers on the Spirits of Tasmania is working, Premier Will Hodgman said.
“As at mid-November, the total passenger and vehicle bookings held by the Spirits is up nearly 7% compared to the same time last year, which equates to nearly 18,000 extra bookings.”
“This comes on top of record passenger numbers last year of nearly 419,000 people. In fact passenger numbers on the Spirits have increased by 27 % since we came to Government.” Premier Hodgman said.
“Spirit Of Tasmania is an important part of our growth plan for tourism, jobs and the economy as visitors who come to Tasmania via the Spirits stay longer, spend more, and visit more regions than those who arrive by air.”
“That is why we took the decision to refurbish the Spirits, making them a more appealing travel option, and have increased the number of day sailings and reduced average fares by 13 %.”
“It is clear that passengers are embracing the opportunity to sail across the Strait by day and the award-winning refurbishments are a key to the experience.” Premier Hodgman said.
Remarkable passenger results for TT line have also come at no detriment to freight which is still at capacity.
“The Spirits will continue to play a significant role in attracting more visitors to experience all Tasmania has to offer.” Premier Hodgman said.