Destination Southern Tasmania (DST) welcomes the State Government’s announcement of an additional $8 million in the 2015-16 budget for high priority infrastructure renewal and maintenance in Tasmania’s parks and reserves.
The peak tourism body for southern Tasmania supports the Government’s commitment to Tasmania’s natural environment, recognising its importance as one of the state’s most significant tourism assets.
“Over 37 per cent of international and interstate travellers to Tasmania visited one of our national parks in 2014 and nearly 50% participated in bushwalking and other walks,” said Melinda Anderson, CEO DST.
“Accessible nature and wilderness is a key driver for visitors to Tasmania and we need to ensure the experiences we offer our world class. Roads, parking, signage, interpretation, tracks and other visitor amenities are all part of delivering a quality natured based experience and ensure sustainable management of our natural assets.”
DST is looking forward to working with the Government to identify priority infrastructure projects in conjunction with local government and industry stakeholders.
“The Southern Tasmanian Destination Management Plan provides a strategic framework to guide the prioritisation of tourism infrastructure needs in the southern region. It identifies the need for investment in infrastructure in our nature and wilderness areas to drive visitor dispersal and yield to maximise the benefits of tourism to local communities,” said Ms Anderson.
Ms Anderson said it is important that a strategic approach is taken to ensure the additional funding in invested in the right infrastructure to enhance the visitor experience to Tasmania. This will support a sustainable approach to the growth of nature based tourism and help to meet the Government’s visitation objective of 1.5 million visitors by 2020.
“The need to have sufficient resources to conserve our precious natural environment while setting the foundation of our world class nature based tourism offering in Tasmania is crucial.” Ms Anderson said.
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