Tasmania Premier Will Hodgman
Ensuring Every Region Benefits From A Thriving Visitor Economy
Victor P Taffa
Ensuring all regions benefit from our thriving visitor economy is a key priority of the Tasmanian Government, which is why we have today launched the Regional Tourism Attraction Loan Scheme, Premier Will Hodgman said.
Applications are now open for the $20 Million program that provides low interest loans of up to $1 Million for tourism operators to develop new products, experiences and attractions that will help grow our visitor economy in regional Tasmania.
“We understand it is critical that we continue to invest in new products and attractions, to keep people coming to the state.”
“We must work harder than ever to ensure our visitor economy remains strong and continues to support more jobs across the state.”
Today’s launch coincides with the release of the latest Tasmania Visitor Survey data, which shows visitors spent a record $2.5 billion in the year ending June 2019, up 4 % on the previous year.
Today’s results exceed the T21, Visitor Economy Strategy goal of growing visitor spending to $2.47 Billion by 2020 for the second quarter in a row.
Visitation to Tasmania remained steady, with 1.32 Million visitors, up 1 % on the previous year to June 2019.
During the period the number of people visiting friends and relatives grew 4 %, and their spending grew 10 % on the previous year, with the growth in business visitors up 12 %.
“We cannot afford to take our tourism success for granted, nor underestimate the contribution it makes to our economy, which is why my Government remains its strongest supporter.” Premier Hodgman said.