Tassie tops 1 million visitors

MORE than one million people arrived by sea and air to Tasmania in 2012, according to the latest Tasmanian visitor statistics released today by Tourism Tasmania.

The tourism body report that the 1,033,600 figure was a 14 per cent boost on visitation in 2012.

Visitor expenditure last year also increased by 13 per cent on the year before to $1.58 billion.

Premier Will Hodgman said there had been continued strong growth coming from Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland - interstate markets targeted by the state's tourism marketing campaign.

``While the total number of visitors who travelled here by sea during 2013 was similar to the previous year, the Tasmanian Visitor Survey recorded a substantial jump in passenger numbers during the September and December quarters compared with the same periods in 2012,'' he said.

Mr Hodgman reiterated the government's pledge to grow the demand for sea travel to Tasmania by lowering TT-Line fares.


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