Liberals pledge funding boost for Business Events Tasmania as part of tourism package

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The Tasmanian Government has unveiled a $40 million plan to boost the island state’s tourism sector that includes more flights, new attractions and loans for tourism operators.

The re-election pledge also included $10 million to Business Events Tasmania and the delivery of a Business Events Attraction Fund.

Premier Jeremy Rockliff said tourism has been one of the state’s “single greatest transformative sectors of the past decade”.

“We’ve seen what MONA has done for the Tasmanian visitor economy and our Plan to deliver the Cradle Mountain masterplan as well as a new Chocolate Experience at Cadbury will continue to drive visitation to our state,” said Rockliff.

“In addition, we will support regional tourism businesses to develop job-creating local tourism attractions through our $50 million Regional Tourism Loan Scheme.

“Additionally, we will boost destination marketing by $4 million, as well as creating a new dedicated $3.8 million Business Events Attraction Fund.

“And, we will invest in air access to Tasmania – both international and domestic – with a $5 million aviation access fund.”

The Premier said the tourism sector had “grown exponentially on our watch”.

“We have rewritten attitudes about how Australia and the world sees Tasmania, and importantly, it has shaped how we define ourselves,” he said.

“We are continuing our strong backing of our tourism industry to ensure that our visitors stay longer, see more of our State, and spend more while they are here, supporting local businesses and jobs right across Tasmania.”