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The following stories relate toTasmania’s Tourism sector:

Seafood seduces iconic chef

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One of the world’s top chefs, Brazilian Alex Atala, has ‘been seduced’ by Tasmania’s seafood during a day on the water cruising the beautiful D’Entrecasteaux Channel.

9 November 2018, Edition 200

Family ties at historic mansion

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A grand Hobart mansion – famous for its magnificent garden – is back in the family fold after 99 years, and the doors have been thrown open to guests.

9 November 2018, Edition 200

Man on a mission

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David Meredith is on a mission. He owns a collection of Hobart upmarket establishments – including the iconic Islington Hotel – and has now scored a coup for Tasmania in Hong Kong’s supermarkets.

9 November 2018, Edition 200

Overseas tourists smash records

Tasmania has cemented its place as Australia’s hottest holiday destination, with the number of international visitors continuing to smash records. Latest figures show overseas tourist visitations increased over the past year from 253,000 to 307,000 – that’s a jump of 21 per cent. Hobart was the biggest drawcard, followed by Launceston and the north. International visitors also spent more than ever before, adding $552 million to the State’s coffers. Last year’s expenditure was $457 million. Premier and Tourism Minister, Will Hodgman, told The Mercury: “On percentage terms, our growth in international visitor numbers outstripped the rest of the nation, demonstrating Tasmania’s popularity on the world stage. By working closely with our great tourism industry, this latest report shows we are in fact taking tourism to the next level.”

9 November 2018, Edition 200

Maxis ready to race in Sydney Hobart

Expect a stunning run up the River Derwent, with five super maxis amongst the 92 yachts that have signed up for this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Leading the super maxis is race record holder, Comanche, which will be joined by Wild Oats XI, holder of a record eight line honours, InfoTrack, Black Jack, and Scallywag. They will all be aiming to smash Comanche’s record of 1 day 9 hours 15 minutes 24 seconds in the 74th running of the blue water classic. Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Commodore, Paul Billingham, says: “I am delighted at the size and quality of the fleet. Talking to several owners, it’s clear that a number are seeing this year’s race as part of a two-year campaign taking us into the 75th anniversary race in 2019.”

9 November 2018, Edition 200

Taste of Tasmania birthday cake-off

The Taste of Tasmania is gearing up to celebrate a milestone birthday with cake – lots of it! The iconic Hobart festival turns thirty this year and is celebrating with a special bake-off. The Great Tasmanian Cake Off will attract the best bakers in the state all vying for the honour of producing the ultimate cake. Along with a stunning array of Victoria Sponges presented to the judges, the waterside event will also present a cross-section of other food and beverages from the island state. This festive season well-known chef, Luke Burgess, will be serving up an array of dishes. He will be joined by Templo’s Matt Breen, who is slated to present a masterclass in Italian peasant food. The Taste of Tasmania runs from December 28 to January 3 at Hobart’s Princes Wharf, and a full festival program will be released later this month.

9 November 2018, Edition 200

Launceston airport flying high

Launceston airport has recorded its strongest first quarter growth to date, by welcoming more than 300,000 travellers between July and September. That represents a five per cent growth on the same period last year. The Sydney-Launceston route proved the most popular. Launceston Airport General Manager, Paul Hogan, said: “Our buoyant first quarter figures are pleasing, particularly against a background of continued constrained domestic aircraft capacity. In Launceston, we continue to experience strong demand across all of our routes, and with the competitive commercial arrangements in place with our airlines, we are confident that more aircraft will be deployed to Launceston, the tourism gateway to Tasmania.” Last month, the airport was also named as a finalist in the 2018 Tasmanian Tourism Awards for the fourth time. Launceston airport facilitates travel for almost 1.4 million people every year.

9 November 2018, Edition 200

Bicheno prepares for gourmet extravaganza

As the weather heats up, Tasmania’s beautiful East Coast is the place to be, and for lovers of gourmet delights, next weekend is the time to visit. The Bicheno Food and Wine Festival is the region’s biggest event and is now in its 12th year. The festival is again expected to draw bumper crowds seeking out the finest local food, wine, and beer, with highlights including cooking classes run by top chefs, and wine appreciation lessons. All the wonderful local fare aside, the scenery alone would be enough of a drawcard, with the three-day celebration overlooking beautiful Waubs Bay. And as befits the location, this year’s festival will also feature a display of classic surfboards. The Bicheno Food and Wine Festival runs from November 16 – 18.

9 November 2018, Edition 200

Chefs' masterpiece

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Call it a major culinary event. Two great chefs cooking up a degustation feast showcasing Tasmania’s freshest premium produce.

14 October 2018, Edition 199

Bach in barns

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It’s an intoxicating mix. Classical music, heritage buildings, food, wine and craft gin, and all set amongst Tasmania’s bucolic rolling hills.

14 October 2018, Edition 199

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