Extra ferries to cater for Tasmanian camping tours

The Caravan Industry Association of Australia says.that increased sailings across Bass Strait will boost Tasmania’s appeal as a caravan and camping getaway and bring in more tourist dollars, The association says the TT-Line’s announcement that it would introduce an extra 42 day sailings by 2018 would help remove some barriers its members faced visiting Tasmania, despite its allure as one of the great caravanning and camping destinations.

Caravan park visits in Tasmania rose 17.5 percent last fin­ancial year.

“Caravanning and camping tourists have one of the longest lengths of stays of any inbound tourists and opening up the sea highway to more will be a real windfall to the Tasmanian economy,” said Caravanning Tasmania chairman Anthony Edwards.

Caravan Industry Association of Australia chief executive Stuart Lamont said research had shown that while the state was a much-desired holiday location, concerns about pricing and availability on the Spirit of Tasmania ferries had inhibited growth.

“The commitment to reducing passenger fares, enhancing the on-board passenger experience and increased sailings ... will greatly assist the Government in increasing visitor numbers to Tasmania to 1.5 million people a year by 2020,” Mr Lamont said.

Both caravanning groups will start talks with the Government, Tourism Tasmania and the TT-Line soon about how to fill the new capacity and capitalise on the changes.

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