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The following stories relate to Tasmania’s Tourism sector:

New life for Maylands mansion

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Hobart’s heritage gems are being re-imagined as luxury accommodation; and while all eyes have been focused on the Historic Treasury Building, a stunning transformation has been quietly taking shape in the suburbs.

11 July 2018, Edition 196

Hobart’s Antarctic vision

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As Hobart excitedly prepares for the second Antarctic Festival, a recent Senate Inquiry unveiled a bold vision for the city as the gateway to the frozen continent.

 

11 July 2018, Edition 196

Direct to Perth…ready to fly

Direct flights between Hobart and Perth are set for take-off. In yet another sign that our tourism industry goes from strength-to-strength, Virgin Australia will introduce non-stop flights west in September, just in time for the school holidays. The three-day-a-week service will begin on September 19 and would shave up to three hours off the current travel time. The year-round flights would also add more than 54,000 direct seats into Tasmania’s travel market annually. Such a huge reduction in travel time between Hobart and Perth is very welcome news, and Tourism Industry Council boss, Luke Martin, told ABC News: “There are two million people living in Western Australia who currently look at the proposition of coming to Tasmania, potentially through a seven or eight-hour trip, via stopping in Melbourne.” He added the new flights would also open up possibilities for more international visitors as Qantas now offers direct Perth-London flights. Latest Tourism Tasmania statistics reveal 51,800 people visited the island state from Western Australia in the year to March.

10 July 2018, Edition 196

New Margate marina

There will be a big boost for boating in Tasmania’s beautiful D’Entrecasteaux Channel with work commencing on the Margate Marina. When completed the marina will add 300 berths to the popular cruising region. Work has already commenced on the in-water construction phase at the marina, located at Barretta south of Hobart, with berthing facilities for 50 vessels – from 10m to 25m – expected to be ready for use from September. Marina facilities being developed on-site includes café, chandlery, and new amenities building, together with power, water and CCTV monitoring. The marina already has a hardstand area, slipway, and boat ramp in place. There is also gated security. The D’Entrecasteaux Channel is the body of water located between Bruny Island and mainland Tasmania. With its sheltered bays, stunning scenery and abundant fish and wildlife, it is one of Australia’s premier cruising destinations.

3 July 2018, Edition 196

Hooked on trout tourism

Tasmania has some of the world’s best trout fishing, attracting not only local anglers, but also enthusiasts from all corners of the globe. Now moves are underway to grow it further, with the state budget containing extra funding to market and promote angling. This includes a $100,000 sponsorship to back Tasmania hosting the 2019 World Fly Fishing Championships. Primary Industries Minister, Sarah Courtney told The Advocate: “A strong fishery creates flow-on benefits to rural businesses and communities through increased tourism and regional jobs.” Other initiatives are also being considered to encourage more anglers to head to our rivers and lakes in their pursuit of the elusive trout. A report prepared by inland fisheries stated that priority must be given to developing fisheries close to population centres; encouraging female participation in the sport; accessing private dams for public fishing; and developing new fisheries alongside irrigation infrastructure.

3 July 2018, Edition 196

Winter Fest fires the Huon

The winter festivities continue and this weekend the chilly celebrations head south. The fifth Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest kicks off on Friday (July 13) for three days of ‘feasting, cider, fire and folklore’. The festival celebrates the region’s apple picking history and there is plenty of hands-on action. At its core is the ancient art of wassailing – an intriguing tradition involving groups roaming between orchards and scaring bad spirits out of the cider trees to ensure a bumper autumn crop. However, if you prefer something a little more sedate, there is also an abundance of feast-worthy food sourced from the amazing array of local producers. The event has continued to grow from strength to strength, with organisers expecting 18,000 visitors to join in this year’s action. The Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest takes place at Willie Smiths Apple Shed at Grove, a 30 minute drive south of Hobart. For more information visit: www.huonvalleymidwinterfest.com.au.

3 July 2018, Edition 196

New ferries for Bruny run

Two new state-of-the-art ferries will help ease bottlenecks on the increasingly popular Bruny Island crossing. At a total cost of $10 million, the first of the twin-ferries is due to be delivered in late 2019, with the second in 2021. They will be built by national transport company, SeaLink, which is due to take over the Bruny Island run this September. The crossing is currently serviced by just one ferry – the government-owned MV Mirambeena – and lengthy delays during peak periods are on the increase. Infrastructure Minister, Jeremy Rockliff said: “As the popularity of Bruny Island has grown, so has the demand on the ferry, and that’s why the government’s focus has been to provide a service that will best meet the future demands of all users.” The new ferries will be able to transport 36 cars, plus pedestrians, and although this is half the load capability of the MV Mirambeena, extra sailings will result in significantly increased daily capacity. After taking over the Bruny run in September, Sealink will continue to operate the MV Mirambeena, together with one of its own vessels. These will be phased out as the two new ferries come on-line.

3 July 2018, Edition 196

MONA coup for Launceston

A coup for tourism in the north. MONA’s popular summer festival, Mona Foma, has been locked-in to be staged in Launceston for the next three years. After successfully trialling Mona Foma in the city last January, the State Government has announced a $6 million funding package to support events and arts in the north, including Mona Foma. Premier Will Hodgman said: “Mona Foma made an impressive debut in Launceston earlier this year capturing the imagination of locals and is truly a world class event… Mona Foma has the capacity to be a transformative event for Northern Tasmania.” MONA’S summer celebration will also continue to be staged in Hobart. Meantime, MONA co-chief executive, Mark Wilsdon, told The Examiner: “We’re working closely with Launceston’s arts, tourism, education and business communities as we plan for our next festival, and it seems that everybody is up for it.” He adds, MONA “has already commenced talks with the broader Launceston arts community about major projects for festivals in future years”. Local tourism identities applaud the move. They point out having Mona Foma on the calendar will boost the influx of visitors over the holiday season.

3 July 2018, Edition 196

Mini-facelift for Art Hotel

An old favourite has been given a little face-lift. The Henry Jones Art Hotel, on Hobart’s waterfront, opened with great excitement 15 years ago. It was ahead of its time as Australia’s first dedicated art hotel, but time caught up, and $1.7 million has been invested to keep its look up to date. Over the past two years money has been spent upgrading all of the rooms with new carpets, lights and shutters. Two new restaurants – 'Peacock and Jones' and the 'Landscape Restaurant and Grill' – have also opened adding to the dining experience. All this just in time for the hugely popular Dark Mofo which has just burst into life right on the Art Hotel’s doorstep. The award-winning hotel showcases local artworks. It even has a full-time curator who oversees the rotating collection of more than 400 pieces that adorn the walls. Built within a row of historic warehouses that date back to the early 1820s, the hotel also preserves the atmosphere of its original inhabitant –  the old IXL jam factory. Rough-hewn sandstone walls and old timber beams add to the heritage feel.

12 June 2018, Edition 195

Hobart hotel tops luxury list

Luxury magazine Gourmet Traveller has released its highly anticipated list of best Australian hotels – and Hobart’s MACq 01 is at the top. The striking waterfront hotel managed to stave off stiff competition to be named Large Hotel of the Year. As the magazine glowingly wrote: “Large hotels needn’t be predictable. Hobart’s MACq 01, designed by heritage experts Circa Morris Nunn to resemble a riverside wharf, has a distinctive personality…everything feels custom-made and handpicked for this inn beside the Derwent River.” The magazine was most impressed that MACq 01 encapsulated the island state’s unique personality: “It is Tasmania writ large in wood, steel and glass; a 114-room hotel that pours its island soul into every detail.” The hotel, which opened its doors a year ago, is also known as the ‘storytelling hotel’ with each of its rooms telling the tale of one remarkable Tasmanian who influenced the state. Champion cricketer, Ricky Ponting, is included in that honour roll.

12 June 2018

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