New Opportunities for Tourism and Hospitality Businesses

18 Mar 2021

On the 16th March the Premier announced a number of initiatives to support the tourism industry in the State of the State Parliamentary address.

He recognised the tourism industry's leadership through T21 to become a Carbon Neutral Destination and announced a target for Tasmania to achieve this goal by 2025. The government will support businesses to start the journey, with $1.5 million in funding for tourism operators to complete a carbon audit and formulate a pathway to achieve a standard of operation that will be globally recognised.

Further initiatives include:

  • $8 million in innovation and development grants to enable key projects across the state to be realised.
  • $4 million to provide direct financial support to tourism and hospitality businesses that are identified as critical to regional visitor attraction. 
  • $1 million support program for travel agents
  • $500,000 to extend business planning support
  • $1.5 million to contribute to the sustainability of events in regional areas in a Regional Events Recovery Fund.

This is in addition to Tourism Tasmania's significant investment in its winter campaign activity to generate demand and drive visitation over the cooler months to support industry recovery. 

More details are available in the State of the State address

More Opportunities for local Tourism operators:

Building Project Grants

To support COVID economic recovery, the Tasmanian Government has allocated $10 million to bring forward community or commercial projects, including tourism projects. The grant program will provide up to 25 per cent of the construction costs for projects with a minimum construction cost of $2 million.

Visit the Business Tasmania website for more information. Applications close 16 April 2021.

Digital Ready for Tourism

Three video presentations have been added to the Digital Ready website with topics covering websites and SEO for tourism; social media for tourism; and content for tourism.

As well as a wide range of other topics available on the website, free four-hour coaching sessions are available for one-on-one assistance.

Women in Tourism and Hospitality Annual Scholarship Program

WITH Tasmania was founded over 10 years ago to provide support, mentoring and networking opportunities for all women working in the tourism and hospitality industry in Tasmania.

WITH’s annual scholarship program is currently open for applications to young women studying tourism/hospitality subjects this year and who aspire to build a career in the industry. 

Applications close 31 March 2021. Contact with any queries.