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The following stories relate toTasmania’s Tourism sector:

Lonnie takes 'smart city' lead

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Launceston grabbed national leadership as a smart city, received a Federal funding go-ahead for its Inveresk campus project and successfully hosted its first Mona Foma festival in a hectic first month of 2018.

8 February 2018, Edition 191

PM signs on for Hobart deal

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UTAS's proposed STEM project in the CBD and an Antarctic research precinct at Macquarie Point looked more likely after a Federal Government City Deal was signed in Hobart in January.

8 February 2018, Edition 191

Our brand has 'come of age'

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Tasmania's brand has come of age and the future is looking positive, according to the new head of the Tasmanian Maritime Network, Robert Miley.

8 February 2018, Edition 191

Weather can't dampen parties

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Tasmania's annual party season witnessed some weird weather to complement its on-stage oddities.

8 February 2018, Edition 191

Luxury ferries by 2021

TT-Line has signed an agreement with German shipbuilder, Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft, for the construction of two new Spirit of Tasmania ferries, worth about $460 million each. The ferries will be crossing Bass Strait by 2021 and will be customised “floating hotels”, according to TT-Line's Chief Executive, Bernard Dwyer. "Technology will be cutting-edge and the look and feel and colour will be inspired by Tasmanian experiences, from timber panelling, to imagery, to art and sculptures," Mr Dwyer told The Mercury. "The entire seventh level of the new ships — from stern to bow — will be all public space, which will be up almost 50 per cent on the current Spirits. There’ll be lounges, bars, dining areas and movie theatres. You might walk into a Tasmanian whisky bar, or a bar serving Tasmanian gins. Up forward, level seven will have panoramic views out over the bow to Bass Strait, something that is blocked out these days ... There will be more retail outlets and shop fronts for Tasmanian tourist operators, entertainment areas for families, quiet nooks for reading and relaxing, and maybe even fitness areas." While internal specifications for layout and design have not been finalised, TT-Line's vision is to offer increased comfort and enjoyment to passengers, Mr Dwyer said. The ships will take 2,000 passengers (up 40 per cent) and 70 per cent more cars.

8 February 2018, Edition 191

$20m lodge for Crescent Bay

Baillie Lodges plans to build a $20 million luxury resort on a 43ha site it owns at Crescent Bay on the Tasman Peninsula. Owners James and Hayley Baillie have built a reputation for quality in the top-shelf eco-tourism market, using architect-designed buildings and serving fine food and wine. The 20-suite Remarkable Lodge is expected to offer Tasmanian wine, spirits and other produce in its guests-only restaurant and bar. Mr Baillie said: “After many years in the planning, Hayley and I are very excited to be adding the remarkable Tasman Peninsula to our collection of unique wilderness destinations around Australia.” The pair, who have developed resorts at Lord Howe Island, Kangaroo Island and Uluru, first considered a project on the Tasmanian site in 2005. A 70-minute drive from Hobart, the Tasman Peninsula offers travellers the chance to see dolphins, seals, albatross and migrating whales. The Remarkable Lodge site adjoins the Tasman National Park and has sweeping views to Tasman Island. The Port Arthur historic site is a short drive away, or guests will be able to opt to travel there by boat. The increasingly popular Three Capes Walk starts at Port Arthur. Tasmanian architects, Craig Rosevear (noted for work at Moorilla Estate) and Stuart Tanner, will oversee the lodge's construction, using timber and stone, as well as concrete. Building is scheduled to start next year. The State Government will spend $1 million on infrastructure for the project.

8 February 2018, Edition 191

Walsh plays Willie Wonka

MONA owner David Walsh has delivered blocks of chocolate to the letter boxes of 1,200 of his Berridale neighbours, imitating Willy Wonka in Roald Dahl’s 1964 children's classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. And like the fictional oddball confectioner, Walsh had golden tickets delivered along with a small number of the sweet treats. Instead of a trip to a chocolate factory, Walsh’s golden tickets took their lucky recipients to the gala opening of MONA’s $30 million gallery extension, the Pharos Wing. Similar tickets had been selling for $500 a head. Each chocolate bar was inscribed with a thank you to local residents for their patience during construction of the new wing and “for putting up with [MONA’s] shenanigans generally.” The new exhibition space can accommodate 80 patrons at a time and will house work by some of Mr Walsh's favourite artists, James Turrell, Jean Tinguely, Randy Polumbo, Charles Ross and Richard Wilson. MONA will require all patrons entering the wing to sign a medical waiver before viewing some of the works.

8 February 2018, Edition 191

Floating hotel plan in Hobart

Inspired by an outcry against proposed high-rise hotels, celebrated architect Robert Morris-Nunn has proposed a floating hotel on the River Derwent off Hobart's Regatta Grounds. Professor Morris-Nunn, who designed the floating Brooke Street Pier in Hobart's CBD and has also proposed a floating hotel for Recherche Bay in southern Tasmania, said: "The massive public outcry ... was enough to convince me I should add my voice as a designer and work to offer a positive alternative." Hobart City Council alderman, Helen Burnett, said: "I think it's an innovative approach to find solutions to keep the height down and I look forward to the discussion around the idea." The proposed hotel, constructed along similar lines to the Brooke Street Pier, would have capacity for about 270 rooms, as well as restaurants, shops and bars. Hobart Not Highrise founder, Brian Corr described it as a brilliant idea. The council is waiting for plans to be submitted.

8 February 2018, Edition 191

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

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.

4 December 2017, Edition 190

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Tasmania's Stories Edition 191

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Launceston taking the lead in the race to be Australia's "smartest city" is the top story in your first Tasmania's Stories newsletter of 2018.  I hope you find lots to interest you in your latest edition of Tasmania's Stories.

15 February 2018, Edition 191

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