Tasmania has enormous potential to become the cycle tourism capital of Australia and our plan is to seize the opportunity in this emerging market.
Around 38,000 visitors jump on a bike during their visit to Tasmania and that’s trending up. We want to take it to the next level.
Through the new Tasmanian Cycle Tourism Strategy we will work with industry, key stakeholders and all levels of Government to take advantage of the growth in cycling tourism.
The new Strategy will guide the development of Tasmania’s cycling tracks and trails, grow and promote experiences and events, and improve safety for all cyclists.
The Tasmanian Government has committed $6 million to establish the Cycle Tourism Fund to make this happen.
This will support projects to achieve our vision to make Tasmania the nation’s leading cycle tourism destination.
Through the Fund we are already investing $1 million for the St Helens Mountain Bike Trail Network and $800,000 in the Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails, which are great examples of the first class cycle tourism experiences that Tasmania offers.
Cycling tourism is an exciting sector that can make a significant contribution to further growing our visitor economy, drawing more visitors to our State, across our regions and creating more jobs.
The Cycle Tourism Fund is open for applications from 28 September 2017 with total available funding of $4.2 million. Applications will close mid-December, and successful projects are expected to be announced in February 2018.
For more information www.stategrowth.tas.gov.au