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Published on : Monday, December 21, 2015
The Tasmanian Government is backing sensible eco-tourism opportunities in the state’s national parks and reserves to make Tasmania the ecotourism capital of the world and to create jobs and grow the economy.
As part of the ongoing Expression of Interest process, I have today accepted a recommendation that the Recherche Bay Eco Resort proposal move to the final lease and licensing phase.
The Recherche Bay proposal is one of the most stunning, sensitive, imaginative and innovate proposals put forward as part of the EOI process.
The proposal would see guests staying in environmentally sensitive, luxury floating hotel with a design based on the traditional Aboriginal canoe, reflecting the historic cultural connections of the area.
The restaurant within the hotel will be supplied with fresh vegetables from a vegetable garden established nearby, based on the original garden established during French exploration in the 1790s and using original varieties of French vegetables.
The project would complement and support other tourism businesses in the area that already provide boat trips, walking and sight-seeing tours and other local experiences.
Moving to the final stage of the approval process provides the proponents with the certainty and clarity needed to attract financial backing for the project.
The Recherche Bay proposal follows the recent signing of a licence agreement with Project Point Adventures.
Project Point Adventures offers challenging and inspiring adventure trekking within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Tourists will have the opportunity to undertake extreme off-track trekking, tailored to challenge their individual abilities.
These project proposals are great examples of what we have here in Tasmania, what we can offer to the world and what we can achieve through leveraging our natural beauty.
The EOI process represents an opportunity to attract up to $70 million worth of investment and the creation of up to 300 jobs.
The economic return to the State of the EOI projects is estimated at nearly $30 million per annum.
The Government remains absolutely committed to the proper protection of natural and cultural heritage within our parks and reserves. All projects that are approved through the EOI process will need to comply with the statutory frameworks in place.
The remaining stage two EOI projects are progressing well under the guidance of the Coordinator-General.
Each of the projects are currently being considered further by the assessment panel according to timelines agreed to with the proponents and the Government is expecting advice from the panel on a further six proposals early in 2016.
The State Government has a goal to attract 1.5 million visitors a year by 2020 to drive economic growth and create jobs for Tasmanians.
We are getting on with the job of delivering our long-term plan for Tasmania, by expanding the range of recreational and tourism experiences within our parks that will help us grow our tourism industry together with jobs, growth and opportunities for Tasmanians, in particular those in our regional areas.
Source:- Tourism Tasmania