Feb 26, 2018

Labor to Back Tassie Tourism with Cradle Mountain Investment

Federal Labor will capitalise on the ongoing growth in Tasmanian tourism with a $15 million investment to improve facilities at Cradle Mountain.

The investment will upgrade the visitor amenities and comes in addition to the $30 million committed by State Labor Leader Rebecca White to this iconic attraction.

Tourist visits to Cradle Mountain grew 9 percent last year to more than a quarter of a million.

In the same period Tasmania led the nation in terms of international tourist numbers, recording an impressive 17 percent growth.

Governments must work with industry to capitalise on this trend.

The Tasmanian tourism sector already supports more than 37,000 jobs – about 16 per cent of the State’s workforce.

Improving tourism infrastructure now will enrich the experience of visitors, drive further growth and more jobs for the future.

The former Federal Labor Government invested $50,000 in the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania research which led to the development of the Cradle Mountain Masterplan Project.

We also invested $250,000 on improvements at the iconic Peppers Lodge through our Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund.

The next Labor Government will build on these investments and continue to back tourism growth right across Tasmania.