The latest tourism figures show tourism is continuing to boom in Tasmania, which is great news for local tourism businesses and the local economy.

Tourism Research Australia’s National Visitor Survey, released December 16, has found domestic overnight trips to Tasmania increased 19 per cent to $2.4 million and visitor spend has increased 27 per cent to $2.1 billion.

Domestic day trips also increased 22 per cent to reach $5.4 million while spend also increased 22 per cent to $579 million.

Eric Hutchinson MP, Federal Member for Lyons welcomed the growth in domestic visitors and said it provides increased confidence for the local tourism industry.

“Confidence is vital for businesses to expand. Today Brown Brothers opened the Devils Corner Cellar Door and Lookout at Apslawn on the East Coast.” Mr Hutchinson said.

“This is a fabulous piece of infrastructure that will prompt more tourists to stop on the Great Eastern Drive. You can taste some of the world’s finest wines with one of the world’s finest view – moulting lagoon and the Hazards provide a beautiful backdrop to the visitor centre.

“They have done a fantastic job consulting with the community and other local businesses allowing them to showcase oysters from Freycinet Marine Farm and pizza from Tombolo. In addition, there’s no pressure to buy and with the lookout tower a worthwhile stop in itself.”

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FEDERAL Lyons MP Eric Hutchinson