With Tasmania now open to every state but Victoria, and travel to and from the Apple Isle more openly available, the Spirit of Tasmania is seeing booking numbers rise.
While numbers are expected to remain below pre-COVID figures for some time, the bookings were a positive sign for the company.
Now that no travellers from states other than Victoria need to quarantine when visiting Tasmania, Spirit of Tasmania CEO Bernard Dwyer said people were taking advantage of the certainty around travel.
"The easing of restrictions provides more certainty for everyone," Mr Dwyer said.
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"It is also positive to see that people, particularly regular travellers from Queensland and New South Wales, have the confidence to travel again."
Mr Dwyer said they had noticed that many travellers considered seaborne travel as a safer choice with the option of remaining socially distanced throughout the journey.
Mr Dwyer also said people were re-booking after cancelling earlier in the year.
With bookings increasing Mr Dwyer said ensuring staff and passengers were still safe from COVID-19 was a priority.
The Spirit of Tasmania ferries over 350,000 travellers to and from Tasmania each year but was severely impacted by COVID-19, as much of the tourism industry was.
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