More flights boost TAS visitors

first_imgTasmania will have more opportunities to boost visitor numbers with the announcement of increased airline services that will see an additional 400,000 seats to and from the state, bringing lower more competitive airfares.Industry body Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) said the increase in capacity could pump an additional $312 million into the state economy, but requires the additional support by government funding for marketing on the mainland to further boost the state’s tourism industry. TTF chief executive John Lee said the capacity increases announced this year by Qantas, Virgin and Jetstar, and with Tiger to re-commence flights to Tasmania in November not only means more opportunities for tourists to visit Tasmania, but also provides Tasmanians with improved air access to the mainland.“The additional flights mean more competition, which will deliver lower airfares for travellers, which is great news for Tasmania’s hotels, restaurants, attractions and retailers,” Mr Lee said.The Accommodation Association of Australia (AAA) is also urging the Tasmanian Government to work together with stakeholders to make the most of the opportunity to ensure the additional air access to the state is a success so that airlines will continue to provide extra seats for travellers to the state.AAA chief executive officer Richard Munro welcomed the additional flights, saying the industry had been pushing for greater air access to Tasmania for the past year.“There are direct economic links between more seats on flights to Tasmania and tourism investment, providing accommodation operators with a much-needed injection of confidence,” Mr Munro stated.The chief agreed with the need for increased commitment to marketing, with accommodation operators indicating willingness to participate in cooperative marketing initiatives.“Tourism is a vital industry for Tasmania and opportunities like this do not come along very often, therefore it is critical that the benefits that flow from it are maximised,” Mr Munro concluded. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.Wlast_img

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