Accommodation providers across the state are beginning to feel the pinch of ongoing border uncertainty, with cancellations coming through thick and fast and bookings drying up.
Operators have seen thousands of dollars worth of cancellations flood through, attributed to border closures and hesitation to travel.
A report from the Tasmanian Hospitality Association on Thursday revealed a 10 per cent decrease in occupancy from April to May, with the Northern region sitting at 67.14 per cent occupancy, down from 78.42 per cent, and the North West sat just short of 58.18 per cent.
This time last year in the height of the pandemic, Tasmanians were urged to visit areas of the state they had never been before, with the Make Yourself at Home travel voucher scheme introduced in August to help support the struggling tourism sector.
Visit Northern Tasmania chief executive Chris Griffin said it was time for locals again to rally behind their state, especially during the traditionally busier school holiday period.
"Many Tasmanians have had interstate travel in school holidays cancelled, so there's a pragmatic, optimistic mentality people are seeing where Tasmanians are saying that instead of going to Byron Bay lets go to Coles Bay and are swapping destination for destination," he said.
"We can't expect every Tasmanian to have checked out the entire island last year, or at all, the opportunity is there to explore those places."
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Mr Griffin urged people to look online to see what deals are available - with special opportunities currently ongoing as part of a broader off-season campaign by Tourism Tasmania, and book directly with the provider where possible.
"All the benefits are there, all the opportunities are there, it's a matter of going online and checking the deals," he said.
"Often when Tasmanians book it's easier for us to book direct with confidence, where if a mainlander was booking they aren't necessarily as confident and they might go through an intermediary - booking direct means less commission to those intermediaries and more proceeds go to the business."
Liberal MHA Guy Barnett said it was important for people to get out and support their community.
"Travel local, spend local, support your local - this is the message, particularly during school holidays, you don't need to be travelling interstate or overseas, let's do it here in Tassie and make the most of it," he said.
"We responded very positively last year, we worked shoulder to shoulder with business to provide that support, we're always monitoring that, we're getting feedback from business large and small and the community, and we'll respond as appropriate at the time.
Mr Barnett said he and his wife were planning a trip to both the East and West Coasts.
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