Tasmania’s tourism and hospitality sector employs one in eight

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New data has revealed how important the tourism and hospitality sector is to the Tasmanian economy with one in eight Tasmanians employed in the industry.

There were 42,900 tourism-related jobs in Tasmania in the 2022-23 financial year, an increase of 21 per cent from the previous year, according to recently released data from Tourism Research Australia.

Premier and Minister for Tourism and Hospitality Jeremy Rockliff, said the proportion of Tasmanians employed in tourism is more than any other state or territory.

“One of Tasmania’s competitive strengths is in agritourism, but we know some operators can come up against significant red tape making it more challenging,” said Rockliff.

“Work is underway to reduce red tape in agritourism by simplifying planning rules and streamlining approval pathways for operators.

“Visitors come to Tasmania to enjoy unique and authentic experiences where they can meet a producer, learn about the history behind a product and get a taste for farm life, and that’s exactly what these reforms will deliver.”

Amy Hills, Tourism Industry of Tasmania’s CEO, said the island state has some of the most dependent regions on tourism in the country.

“Our operators are part of their communities and treasure what is special about our island and we want to support them to continue employing Tasmanians and generating economic activity for the regions,” she said.

“That’s why working on reducing red tape in areas like agritourism in so important, so we are able to leverage our competitive strengths and provide authentic Tasmanian experiences, that visitors will want to keep coming back for.”

Tasmania’s visitor economy injected $3.63 billion into the State in 2023.