Spirit passenger numbers jump 8%

Passengers numbers on the two Spirit of Tasmania vessels has jumped by 8 per cent this financial year.

The passenger increase for the 2013-14 financial year was announced this morning by outgoing TT-Line chief executive Charles Griplas.

The rebound in passenger numbers follows to years of poor patronage, which saw bookings fall to their lowest levels since the two ferries were introduced on to the Bass Strait run in 2002.

“Our forward bookings for the 2014/15 financial year are up by 11 per cent as at the same time last year,” Mr Griplas said. “This is an outstanding result for the company and the state."

Mr Griplas said that TT-Line was continually offering campaign fares to encourage people to visit Tasmania, a tactic that was working well.

Forward bookings for the 2014-15 financial year are up by 11 per cent compared with the same time last year, Mr Griplas said. 

Mr Griplas resigned from TT-Line in May and will take up a post with a Victorian organisation in July.

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