Tasmanian tourism sector needs to get ‘people back’ to survive

Tasmania’s tourism industry came together last week for the 2020 Tasmanian Tourism Conference.

“We must get those people back in as soon as we can,” Tourism Industry Council chair Daniel Leesong told The Mercury.

A recent survey of tourism industry operators garnered mixed messages, with 70 per cent saying they were positive about the industry’s outlook over the next five years despite more than half of the 300 respondents reporting business activity was either down or they were not operating at all.

Minister for Hospitality and Events Sarah Courtney was among the speakers, addressing the T21 Tasmanian Visitor Economy Action Plan.

The government action plan’s priorities included re-establishing air and sea access and ramping up aviation routes in coming months.

“Despite all that we have been through, the signs are that people are investing,” said Tasmania’s Director of Visitor Economy Strategy, Anne Greentree.

“We are confident about our future and I think that’s a great sign for our recovery.”