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The following stories relate to Tasmania’s Tourism sector:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

8 November 2018, Edition 200

A vineyard with soul (music)

If you are after great soul music and great wine, pencil in the last weekend in October, pack a picnic rug, and head north. The third annual Delamere Music Festival, at Pipers Brook, will bring together a top line-up of roots-based musicians from across the country who will be performing in the gardens of the Delamare vineyard. One person very much at home at the winery will be award-winning South Australian singer/songwriter Kelly Menhennett, who traded in winemaking for music. Other names on the line-up include the Bad Dad Orchestra; and one of the country's most experienced young bluesmen, Tasmanian, Pete Cornelius. As well as Delamere’s estate grown wines, local craft beer will be on the drinks menu. Delamere is a family owned and run vineyard, with its rich red soils planted exclusively with Pinot Noir and chardonnay grapes. The Delamere Music Festival will be held on October 27.

14 October 2018, Edition 199

Antarctic flights take off

Want to take a sightseeing flight over Antarctica? Well, very soon you will be able to do that from Hobart airport. 

14 October 2018, Edition 199

Wild west turns to art

Tasmania’s West Coast is about to come alive with unconventional art, music and dance. The Unconformity – a three-day biennial contemporary arts festival – is about to kick off in Queenstown. It is a celebration of the West Coast’s rugged and rich mining history, as well as Queenstown’s unique character. Even the name reflects this heritage, with an unconformity being an area of rock that shows a geological break in time. Giant speakers in the centre of town will create a wall of noise and vibration to depict geological events that shaped the region – volcanoes, earthquakes and meteorite strikes. Artistic Director, Travis Tiddy, told The Advocate: “It kicks the festival off with a geological roar. People all throughout the Queenstown valley will hear it.” This year’s offerings also include performances by international, interstate and local artists; Tasmanian ghost stories; art exhibitions; and even a ‘Queenie Muster’ for car buffs. Since the inaugural festival in 2010, The Unconformity has established itself as a significant cultural event in regional Tasmania. Unconformity 2018 will run from October 19-21.

14 October 2018, Edition 199

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