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Tourism stories

The following stories relate to Tasmania’s Tourism sector:

Launceston landmark leads revival

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A new Launceston landmark – Peppers Silo Hotel – has opened for business in a city currently riding the wave of a building boom.

12 June 2018, Edition 195

Tasmania stars in Attenborough Documentary

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Our quirky wildlife and rugged wilderness are the stars of a stunning new David Attenborough documentary about Tasmania that will be watched by millions across the globe.

11 June 2018, Edition 195

Acclaim for Flinders food fest

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Enormous crayfish plucked from Bass Strait and smoked over an open fire were the star attraction at a new food festival on Flinders Island which is generating widespread interest.

8 May 2018, Edition 194

Swim star explores Tassie delights

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As the Commonwealth Games drew to a close swimming great – Susie O’Neill – was exploring Tasmania, but she still kept a close eye on the action especially teen sensation Ariarne Titmus.

8 May 2018, Edition 194

West Coast revival

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Moves are underway for a West Coast revival to take this stunning part of the world back to the top of Tasmania’s tourism pile.

8 May 2018, Edition 194

$700m Bass Strait Ferries Coup

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A landmark $700 million deal has been signed for two new Bass Strait ferries in Tasmania’s ‘biggest ever infrastructure investment’.

7 May 2018, Edition 194

Eco tourism hut

Eco-tourism in Tasmania has been given another boost with the opening of the 24-bed Tahune Hut which will provide overnight accommodation for bushwalkers on one of Tasmania’s toughest treks. Each year around 2,000 people hike to Frenchmans Cap, which is in the Wild Rivers National Park on the West Coast, but now they have added comfort with a new public hut which replaces the one built 45 years ago. The energy-efficient hut sits under the shadow of Frenchmans Cap and was partly funded by a donation from philanthropist, Dick Smith. He has a special love for the area and during Tahune Hut’s official opening he recounted that he and his wife Pip tackled the Frenchmans Cap walk shortly after they were married 50 years ago. Mr Smith also used the occasion to offer advice to Tasmania’s tourism operators suggesting they put their prices – up. He said this would attract wealthy holiday-makers, which in turn meant fewer tourists needed to generate the same revenue thus helping to preserve Tasmania’s natural assets.

3 May 2018, Edition 194

Dark MOFO goes bigger

Dark Mofo has been forced to upsize some of its events in the wake of unprecedented demand. The hugely popular mid-winter festival continues to go from strength-to-strength, with tickets to the June event snapped up at record rates. Tickets worth $1.5 million were sold immediately on release – an increase of 50% over the same period last year. This also resulted in a number of shows being quickly sold-out and leaving a growing number of people on waiting lists. However, organisers responded quickly with Dark Mofo creative director Leigh Carmichael telling The Mercury: “We’re currently working pretty madly to try and move some gigs into bigger venues.” Organisers have already announced that sold-out shows, Laterne by Berlin Atonal, and the experimental music event Borderlands will be moving to larger premises. Initial ticket sales also indicate there is more interest this year from outside of Tasmania, with 65% of tickets sold to date going to people who live interstate or overseas. Dark Mofo 2018 runs from June 13 – 24 and will feature regular highlights including the annual Winter Feast and Nude Solstice Swim.

3 May 2018, Edition 194

East Coast mega resort

A $100m mega-resort proposed for the East Coast has been labelled as potentially one of Tasmania’s biggest ever tourism developments. The Cambria Green proposal covers 3185ha of land at Dolphin Sands, near Swansea. Touted as an eco-resort, plans include a 100-120 room luxury hotel, other tourist accommodation in 70 villas and 240 units, venues for conferences and weddings, health retreat, village centre with shops and restaurants and two golf courses. The resort would be built around the historic 182-year-old Cambria homestead. The Melbourne based developers are backed by an international syndicate including Chinese investors. Cambria Green CEO, Ronald Hu, told The Mercury the development would cost between $50 and $100 million adding that while the East Coast had experienced good growth over the past 10 years, facilities are still basic: “This will attract a certain type of high-end tourist as there isn’t really the target market opportunity there.” Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania chief, Luke Martin, said Cambria Green could potentially be the biggest tourist development in the state adding that the East Coast region is “crying out for investment.” The Cambria Green proposal has been presented before the local Glamorgan Council and is now undergoing a public consultation process.

3 May 2018, Edition 194

Top Tassie experiences

A prestigious luxury magazine has praised Tasmania as “the most diverse and curious place you’ll ever discover.” Luxury Travel Magazine also listed its top five Tasmanian experiences describing the state as: “A place of wild landscapes, friendly people with a relaxed island lifestyle, delicious food and wine, and a rich history evoked by local stories and convict ruins.” The magazine lists the ultimate Tasmanian experience as the Great Eastern Drive taking in the “faultless curve of Wineglass Bay” and “mighty boulders covered in bright orange lichen at the Bay of Fires” along with Maria Island, “a national park and wildlife haven set amongst convict ruins.” The state’s wildlife – led by our unique Tasmanian Devils – comes in next, while Tasmania’s wild alpine peaks and lakes take out third place: “Cradle Mountain safeguards ancient alpine landscapes and many a waddling wombat.” Tasting Tasmania’s fresh produce described as, “so fresh it’s likely to be unearthed, plucked or caught that day,” is also a must. Finally, the magazine urges readers to head to Barnbougle Dunes – in the north east – or King Island where you can, “tee off to the sound of crashing waves on Tasmania’s coastal golf courses where sweeping beaches, farmland and manicured greens mix effortlessly.”

11 April 2018, Edition 193

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