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The following stories relate to Tasmania’s Tourism sector:

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

$30m for Cradle cable car

The proposed cable car at Cradle Mountain National Park – one of the state’s biggest tourist drawcards – has been given its largest boost yet, with a $30 million injection from the Federal Government. As he made the funding announcement during a visit to Cradle Mountain, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said: “This is a cableway to get people up here, to deliver 60,000 more visitors and many more jobs in Tasmania.” The cable car would take visitors high over Tasmania’s world heritage wilderness, transporting them from Cradle Mountain Village to Dove Lake where an impressive new viewing shelter would be constructed. Tasmanian Premier, Will Hodgman, said work on the cable car would begin as soon as possible. The cable car is the central plank of an ambitious $160 million Cradle Mountain masterplan which aims to position the region as Australia’s premier wilderness destination. Under this masterplan, the addition of an impressive new visitor centre together with extra accommodation would create a new village hub. Cradle Mountain is widely considered as the gateway to Tasmania’s World Heritage wilderness and it underpins our brand as a global destination for nature-based tourism.

12 June 2018, Edition 195

International accolades for Tassie engineers

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A University of Tasmania (UTAS) research team has won a prestigious international maritime award for ground-breaking work that could help reduce sea-sickness on high-speed vessels.

12 June 2018, Edition 195

Saving our highland huts

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The mountain huts of Tasmania’s high country are a unique part of our cultural heritage, and a small wooden structure deep in the Great Western Tiers – The Sandy Lake Hut – is helping to preserve this history.

12 June 2018, Edition 195

Art fires winter celebrations

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The winter celebrations are firing-up in Hobart, and this year’s offering includes the Hadley’s Art Prize which is back again, and twice the size.

12 June 2018, Edition 195

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