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The following stories relate to Tasmania’s Tourism sector:

Antique royalty lands in Hobart

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Perth ‘antique royalty’ – Leslie Lauder and Mark Howard – packed up their thriving business, which was four decades in the making, and moved across the country to Tasmania

11 December 2018, Edition 201

‘Tasting’ a whisky world record

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A treat is on the way for connoisseurs of the golden tipple, with the world’s largest whisky tasting room, planned for Tasmania’s north west.

11 December 2018, Edition 201

Little dinghy with a big heart

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An old clinker dinghy, abandoned in a shed and restored by inmates at Risdon Prison, will be a star attraction at the upcoming Australian Wooden Boat Festival. It is also a special tribute to the late Tasmanian politician, Dr Vanessa Goodwin.

11 December 2018, Edition 201

Festive fun begins with birthday bash

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Tasmania is gearing up for a summer of festivities, spear-headed by an iconic event which is ready to celebrate a milestone birthday – with a new look.

11 December 2018, Edition 201

Tassie Kangaroos bounce into history

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No Christmas rest for the stars of Tasmania’s first AFL team – The North Melbourne Tassie Kangaroos – with training in full swing as they get ready to create history in the New Year.

10 December 2018, Edition 201

Harvest Launceston reaps world acclaim

Launceston’s popular Saturday farmers’ market is already a hit with locals. But now it is also receiving praise on a global scale. Harvest Launceston has recently been listed by Traveller as one of the world’s top food experiences in 2018, ranking at number 54 on the list and being praised as, “the best place not just to buy farm-fresh ingredients, but also to meet the people behind the produce. The ready-to-eat stalls also use local ingredients: try the bacon and egg roll.” Harvest market manager, Kim Hewitt, told The Examiner only five other Australian experiences made the cut, which meant the listing was an “acknowledgement of the Tasmanian food industry as a whole. We’ve always wanted to showcase the best of Tasmania, and this does signify we’re doing that.”

7 December 2018, Edition 201

Cygnet ready for festival fun

Cygnet, in the beautiful Huon Valley, is getting ready to host its annual folk festival. The pubs, halls, cafes, parks and streets of this small village come alive as thousands congregate for one of the most popular events on Tasmania’s cultural calendar. 

7 December 2018, Edition 201

Innovative kayak trail

Tasmania is famous for its food, wine, and beer trails that are rapidly growing in popularity. But now there is another to add to the mix, and this time for people with more active pursuits on their minds. Tassie’s first kayak trail has just been launched in Hobart, an initiative to help visitors – and locals – who are keen to explore the city by water. The Clarence Kayak Trail is divided into nine coastal sections, with each detailing information about estimated distances, skill level required, and sights along the way. The trail runs from Risdon through to South Arm. Organiser, the Clarence City Council, believes it is the first of its kind in Australia, with Mayor, Doug Chipman, telling The Mercury: “…the development of a kayak trail was the obvious choice to enhance the diverse range of recreational activities we offer and to showcase a different way to see our city.”

7 December 2018, Edition 201

Parliament passes Brand Tasmania Bill

History has been created. The Brand Tasmania Bill was passed with strong tri-partisan support, so, Brand Tasmania is now a Statutory Authority. This is an Australian first, and the start of an exciting era, with Premier Will Hodgman saying: “The passage of the Brand Tasmania Bill 2018 through Parliament marks a major point for one of our most important and valuable assets, our brand. The Bill establishes the new statutory authority, Brand Tasmania, which, with more resources and capacity, will have a stronger ability to promote and protect our brand, and ensure Tasmania continues to stand out from the pack.” The Premier added that his Government is committed to expanding international markets to assist local businesses in exporting their world-class goods and services globally: “This is an exciting time for our State, and the Government is committed to promoting Tasmania to the world, to open up new markets, support local business, and create even more local jobs.” Brand Tasmania Executive Director, Robert Heazlewood, is thrilled that all three Tasmanian political parties enthusiastically supported the new statutory authority. He said across-the-board agreement shows that this is the right move to take Tasmania’s precious brand into the future: "It builds on the work of a small team who did an amazing job with limited resources, and the plan is to move forward developing new partnerships while strengthening existing relationships." It is also history in the making. Tasmania is the first Australian state or territory to have a statutory authority devoted to its brand, and only the second in the world.

7 December 2018, Edition 201

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

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