Tasmanian tourism will take a hit if a wildly successful federal government scheme is not extended beyond the end of June, an industry figure fears
"Why would you not extend something that's working so well?" Tourism Industry Council Tasmania chief executive Luke Martin said on Friday.
He was referring to the government's temporary boost to the Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme brought in to help the tourism sector in the wake of the pandemic crash and the closure of international borders.
The expansion of the scheme allows people to bring cars to and from Tasmania for free.
Mr Martin said it meant the Spirits were "full".
"We've got all this momentum; why would we not extend it?" he said.
He urged the federal government to extend the temporary boost to the long-running scheme at least until spring.
It is currently expected to finish at the end of June.
Mr Martin said it had had an enormous impact on regional tourism for a relatively small amount of money and full Spirits in winter would be of great benefit to North-West and Northern tourism.
"I don't know of many industry support programs that have had quite the same effect," he said.
Comment was being sought from Tasmanian Liberal Senator and Assistant Industry Development Minister Jonathon Duniam.
Mr Martin said Tasmanian Senators, particularly Senator Duniam, did "an enormous amount of work" to get the extension of the scheme "over the line".
"They always made clear to me it would be temporary," he said.
"My argument would be why break something that's working so well?"