The Liberals’ Plan to build a modern economy: More tourists and cheaper fares on TT Line
- 03 Mar, 2014
The Liberals’ Plan for TT Line will deliver more tourists and cheaper fares.
We anticipate our Plan will result in the average fare being reduced by up to 20 percent, and up to an extra 120,000 visitors coming to Tasmania.
A majority Liberal government will act to make travel on the Spirit of Tasmania cheaper and more attractive to tourists by altering the Members’ Letter of Expectation.
We will add a clause that requires the TT Line to set prices, fees and charges which: ‘are aimed at increasing the number of visitors to Tasmania carried on the Spirit of Tasmania ferries.’
There have been a number of recent examples of Tasmanians and visitors to our State being charged well over $1,000 for two adults and their car.
Similarly, the motorhome tourist trade is seriously inhibited by the costs associated with getting campervans and caravans across on the Spirits.
Attracting more visitors to our State will potentially generate an extra $300 million of economic activity, and create much needed jobs in the North West and around the state.
Growing visitation to the State through the TT-Line will also help deliver the Liberals vision to grow our tourism industry to 1.5 million visitors per year by 2020, a target which the industry has said represents 8000 new jobs.
A majority Liberal Government will ensure that Devonport remains the home of the TT-Line.
More tourists on the Spirits will mean more people passing through the north-western gateway into our regional areas, spending up and supporting local jobs.
The Liberals Plan for TT Line will result in no additional cost to the Tasmanian taxpayer. TT-Line has averaged a $20 million operating profit across the past two years, and we expect that TT-Line will still be able to operate on a financially sustainable basis with this amended Statement of Expectation.