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The following stories relate toTasmania’s Tourism sector:

Bigger, cleaner ships for TT-Line

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TT-Line is set to order two new, bigger and cleaner ships to boost capacity and heighten customer appeal on its Bass Strait service.

11 December 2017, Edition 190

Chromy named tourism champion

Tasmanian tourism titan, Josef Chromy, OAM, was inducted as a Tasmanian Tourism Champion at the Tasmanian Tourism Awards in November. He was recognised for his contribution to the State’s tourism industry and on-going investment in accommodation projects. The CEO of the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania, Luke Martin, said “Joe’s impact on the wine industry in Tasmania is nothing short of remarkable. Throughout the '90s he purchased, cultivated and on-sold vineyards throughout the Tamar Valley that are now home to some of Tasmania’s most celebrated labels. His signature wine label and wine centre ... is among the finest wineries in Australia and has established a truly iconic wine experience on the doorstep to Launceston. Joe’s impact on the tourism industry in Launceston is unrivalled.” Josef Chromy Wines also won a gold medal in the awards' Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries category. Port Arthur Historic Site was judged top Major Tourist Attraction.

5 December 2017, Edition 190

Enduro crowns Derby trail

The Blue Derby mountain biking Detonate Trail in north-eastern Tasmania has been named the best in the 2017 Enduro World Series. The trail, which takes riders between huge granite boulders, beat off competition from New Zealand, Portugal, France, Ireland, Canada, the United States and Italy. International riders and team management voted Detonate, built by Glen Jacobs and his World Trail team, as the best trail among more than 50 stages raced across eight countries. Derby event organisers hope the accolade will help the town to again play host to the Enduro World Series. Derby Event Director, Ian Harwood, said: “All the trails specifically built for the series were hand built and were incredibly physical on the crew, but we were all so stoked to be building trails for the world’s best to come and enjoy.”

6 November 2017, Edition 189

Valley ‘glamping’ opens tents

Truffle Lodge, a deluxe “glamping” resort on the banks of the River Derwent at Gretna, opened for business in October after a 10-year developmental phase. Owners Laurelle and John Grimley, proprietors of the award-winning hotel, Woodbridge on the Derwent, at New Norfolk, are promising guests the joys of luxurious add-ons in a natural setting away from any built-up environment. Spacious Arabian nights-style tents provide the accommodation and activities include kayaking, cycling, fly fishing and wildlife spotting. Truffle Lodge is among new and emerging attractions in the Derwent Valley, including The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery and Store at New Norfolk, and the Maydena Bike Park. When you add such established attractions as the Salmon Ponds at Plenty, the Mount Field National Park, the Stefano Lubiana Winery at Granton, the Two Metre Tall Brewery at Hayes and the Curringa Farm at Hamilton, the case strengthens for more tourists to venture upriver from Hobart. The Derwent Valley Mayor, Martyn Evans, said: “There’s been a change over the last 20 years … tourism is definitely on the rise, and I think it will be the backbone for our beautiful Derwent Valley for years to come.”

6 November 2017, Edition 189

Heritage ruling for casino

The first legal casino in Australia – the Wrest Point Hotel Casino in Hobart – has been granted official protection as a heritage site. The Tasmanian Heritage Council has added the iconic tourist attraction to its Heritage Register. Brett Torossi, Chair of the council, said: “The inclusion of Wrest Point Hotel Casino on the Heritage Register gives important recognition to the significant role this place has played in the development of Tasmania’s tourism and hospitality industry.” The casino’s centrepiece, a 17-storey octagonal tower, is hard to miss being Hobart’s tallest building at 64m. Designed by Sir Roy Grounds, the casino was completed in 1973, and the wider complex was designed to incorporate the pre-existing Riviera Hotel. The building’s owner, Federal Group, is undertaking a $100 million renovation project.

6 November 2017, Edition 189

Global glory for highland lodge

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Lonely Planet has included Tasmania’s nine-room Thousand Lakes Lodge among the three best places in the world to stay.

5 November 2017, Edition 189

Pennicott to go amphibian

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Robert Pennicott will use “boats like the world has never seen” in his first eco-tourism project outside Tasmania.

5 November 2017, Edition 189

Agrarian Eatery tops nation

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The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery and Store at New Norfolk is Australia’s Regional Restaurant of the Year.

5 November 2017, Edition 189

Mofo adventure in two-cities

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World premieres, Australian exclusives and challenging performances and installations will drive the Mona Foma (Mofo) festival in 2018.

5 November 2017, Edition 189

Special timbers given a plan

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A Special Species Management Plan, featuring a “tread widely, tread lightly” harvesting approach, was released by the Tasmanian Government in October.

5 November 2017, Edition 189

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