I am very pleased two of Tasmania’s iconic tourist attractions, the Freycinet National Park and Three Capes Track, have been recognised for their excellence, creativity and innovation at the 2016 Tourism Awards last night.
Freycinet National Park took out the Major Tourist Attractions category, reflecting the fact that it is the most popular national park in Tasmania and one of the world’s most stunning wilderness areas.
It is also one of the biggest tourism drawcards for the state, attracting 272,000 domestic and international visitors this year alone, and a key part of our plan to attract 1.5 million visitors to the state by 2020.
The Three Capes Track is the 2016 winner of the Gustav's Award for New Tourism Business, the first time a government department has won this category.
It is the new jewel in the crown of Tasmania’s stunning wilderness walks, and has seen over 12,500 bookings since it opened in December last year.
Parks such as Freycinet and experiences like the Three Capes Track make a major contribution to regional and local communities by creating jobs and growing the local economy.
I congratulate all involved in the development and delivery of these two attractions, and look forward to them now representing Tasmania as finalists at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards to be held in February 2017.
For more information about the Three Capes Track go to www.threecapestrack.com.au
For information about Freycinet National Park go to http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=3363