Tasmania’s appeal as a visitor destination reaches new highs today with the arrival of the largest ocean liner to ever visit coinciding with the release of the latest visitor figures.
Ovation of the Seas will flood Hobart with more than 4000 passengers and 1500 crew, here to experience first-hand what the world is now discovering. The visit is expected to inject around $700,000 into Tasmanian businesses in just one day, which supports local jobs.
The Tasmanian Liberal Government is committed to growing Tasmania as a cruise destination which is reflected in the $2.9 million in port infrastructure upgrades this year to enable a much larger class of cruise ships to now visit Tasmania.
The latest Tasmania Visitor Survey released today shows Tasmania’s appeal as a tourism destination has hit a record high, in the 12 months to September there has been 1.19 million visitors, which is a four percent increase on the previous year.*
There has also been a nation leading 15 percent increase in international visitors, and we are seeing the benefits shared with more people travelling to regional areas.
Total visitor nights rose eight per cent and expenditure increased by the same percentage to $2.07 billion.
These excellent figures mean Tasmania is tracking well towards meeting its T21 Visitor Economy Strategy goals.
This cruise season there are a record 95 cruise ships coming to Tasmania up from 56 last year which highlights the increasing contribution cruise ships are making to the long-term strength of Tasmania’s visitor economy.
We will continue to work with the tourism industry to further grow Tasmania’s visitor economy and the contribution it makes to Tasmania’s economy and jobs.
*cruise ship passengers are not counted in the Tasmanian Visitor Survey
Will Hodgman, Premier Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Events