Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

25 January 2018

Will Hodgman, Premier
Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Modernising Tasmania’s hotels and motels

The Tasmanian Liberal Government has set targets which will see visitors stay longer, see more of our state and spend more while they are here.

To support this, the Government is providing almost $5.3 million in low-interest loans for upgrading and enhancing nine hotels and motels across the state from Devonport, Penguin and Burnie, through Launceston and Longford, to Scottsdale, Scamander and New Norfolk.

The Tourist Accommodation Refurbishment Loan Scheme is helping aging hotels and motels to modernise to meet the needs and demands of today’s travellers.

In almost six months since having developed the scheme, the Office of the Coordinator-General has already fielded more than 65 genuine enquiries and expressions of interest from accommodation operators.

Importantly, in addition to the nine successful applications announced today, there are another 14 applications in the process or underway, with a combined value of nearly $5 million.

Through our Tourist Accommodation Refurbishment Loan Scheme we are making sure we have enough rooms at the right standard to cater for the range of visitors and tastes to our state, now and into the future.

By supporting our tourism and hospitality sector we are well on the way to meeting our T21 Tourist Economy goals, driving more growth and creating more jobs across Tasmania.

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