Reveling in isolation, Tasmania is busting out with fab festivals and sensational food and drink, riding a tourism-fuelled economic boom that’s the envy of all Australia.
Nature is an integral part of Tasmania; nature reserves protect the majority of the State. Russell Falls can be found on the eastern boundary of Mount Field National Park, and Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain provide scenic views in all directions – these are just a couple of the State’s unique tourist destinations.
Tasmania’s tourism and hospitality industry are vital to the State’s future economic sustainability. The industry is experiencing unprecedented strong growth and aims to be generating a visitor expenditure of $2.5 billion per annum by 2020, with a target of 1.5 million visitors.
The Tasmanian tourism and hospitality workforce’s workforce profile is typically transient, reflecting a higher amount of part-time employment, younger average age, and a significant percentage of workers who do not hold formal qualifications.
Current and projected economic growth across the tourism and hospitality industry in Tasmania indicates that employment will increase. It is projected that by 2023, an additional 900 job opportunities will be created.
The Tasmanian Government has invested significant funding into building the sector’s training and workforce capabilities in recent years. For example, the State Government recently committed $6.8 million over four years (2018-2022) to the Tasmanian Hospitality Association.