Tourism Industry Council Tasmania  |  Bass Strait Visitor Access

Bass Strait Visitor Access

The TICT has a proud history of advocating for a more accessible tourism industry in Tasmania, by protecting existing conditions and lobbying for initiatives to improve access via Bass Strait.  

For many decades problems with air and sea access were a major constraint to growth of the tourism industry and the Tasmanian economy. A shortage of seat capacity on aircraft and of passenger and vehicle berths on the single ferry meant Tasmania simply was not able to meet visitor demand. Until the Bass Strait Visitor Access Study (BSVAS) Governments did not have sufficient credible data on which to base decisions to spend the money required to improve services.

The TICT secured funding from the Commonwealth Department for Industry Science and Resources and the support of Tourism Tasmania and other Tasmanian industry organisations to engage interstate consultants to carry out an independent study. The research demonstrated there was an unsatisfied demand for visitor travel across Bass Strait and that 80% of travellers wanted to travel with their car. The Study recommended two over-riding priorities for Tasmania - firstly to move quickly to provide additional sea passenger transport capacity; and secondly, to develop and maintain genuine sustainable competition in Bass Strait airline services.

TICT has continued to lobby and advocate for the maintenance and increased capacity of air and sea services across Bass Strait - including representations to the State Government for TT-Line to prioritise passengers in its business plan, and recent submissions to the Productivity Commission regarding the effectiveness and need for the Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme

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