The announcement of the possible reopening of Tasmania's borders sooner than expected combined with the number of people allowed at outdoor events growing sparks hope for the island state's battling tourism and events industry.
Tourism Industry Council Tasmania chief executive officer Luke Martin said the possibility of the early opening of borders to some of Australia would start to restore confidence in the tourism industry.
"I think everyone in the industry was thrown by the 1st of December date," he said.
Mr Martin said he saw December 1 as a deadline and if borders were not reopened by then, summer tourism would be compromised. However, if the borders open early the tourism industry will be able to head into 2021 with more confidence and optimism about the future.
He said that if borders do reopen direct flights need to be planned for in and out of both Hobart and Launceston, and ground work needs to be done to ensure proper COVID procedures are in place everywhere.
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Visit Northern Tasmania chief executive officer Chris Griffin said if we are fortunate enough to see borders reopen earlier than planned it will give the industry a few months to work through the demand of the "first flush of travel".
"There will be a lot of demand from visiting friends and family from both directions," he said.
"The more time we have to see that demand through, the more capacity there will be for leisurely holiday makers to purchase seats and come across."
Mr Griffin said the change to outdoor event numbers from 500 to 1000 would mean events like the Big Bash would become more viable and financially sustainable.
However, he said the industry would also benefit from open discussions between the events community, public health, and the Government to devise long term solutions.