Australia Tasmania's north and north-west to benefit from subsidised flights

08:38  11 march  2021
08:38  11 march  2021 Source:   msn.com

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a train crossing a bridge over a body of water: Launceston will receive subsidised flights under the federal government plan. (ABC News: Alison Branley) © Provided by ABC Business Launceston will receive subsidised flights under the federal government plan. (ABC News: Alison Branley)

The federal government has announced it will foot half of the bill for flights to and from north and north-west Tasmania, but one tourism operator has warned it will not be enough to save jobs.

Under the Government's newly-announced $1.2 billion package to help the struggling aviation and tourism industries, flights to and from Burnie, Devonport and Launceston airports between April 1 and July 31 will be half-price.

The move has excited tourism bodies. Visit Northern Tasmania chief executive Chris Griffin described it as a "major shot in the arm" for when visitation drops off after Easter.

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Tasmania ' s North West and West Coast were hit particularly hard by coronavirus closures. Tourism industry figures say, while the the state's borders are closed, it's an opportunity to get visitors to the region. The intrastate market is a change in focus for the industry, which has traditionally targeted interstate travellers. Regional tourism body West by North - West has published a series of social media video advertisements inviting people back to the North West . The organisation's chief executive, Tom Wootton, said lots of people from southern Tasmania would not have seen places like Stanley or

"Having a price stimulus like this in the market at the same time we know Tourism Tasmania is going to launch its winter marketing campaign is absolutely perfect," he said.

In January, the Federal Government announced an expansion to the Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme so people could take their cars on the Spirit of Tasmania ferries for free from March 1.

Mr Griffin said he hoped the two initiatives together would lead to a boom in tourists to the state's north and said he had been assured that airlines would be able to keep up with increased demand.

"I checked in with Melbourne Airport this morning and they were assuring me that yes, there is capacity with the airlines and they will inevitably put capacity where demand is," he said.

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Launceston Airport chief executive Hans van Pelt told ABC Radio Hobart it was a "really exciting" announcement for the region and airlines were not likely to increase prices to make the most of increased demand.

"We'll see a lot more confidence come into the market, with the ability to book and be able to look forward to a trip because hopefully borders won't be shutting," Mr van Pelt said.

Subsidy 'not enough' to save jobs

Many tourism businesses hit hard by pandemic-induced restrictions have been heavily dependent on the government's JobKeeper subsidy, which finishes at the end of March.

Bridestowe Estate Lavender Farm's Robert Ravens said the discounted flights were unlikely to help his business in the short-term.

"Unfortunately, with the cessation of JobKeeper we will face some staff reductions and that's an inevitability of trying to keep the balance sheet together.

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His wife works at the North West Regional Hospital (NWRH) and the North West Private Hospital (NWPH) in Burnie, which were shut down because of the outbreak, with all staff and their families forced into isolation. "It starts to hit home pretty quick, that just because we're an island it doesn't mean He grew up in Tasmania . Mr Bowtell said Tasmania , along with Western Australia and South Australia, had one of the strongest responses in the country in the third week of March. "It was very encouraging that Tasmania moved swiftly to establish control over its borders and to cut down travel into the state

"It's awful, letting people go is horrible."

Mr Ravens said the initiative was welcome, but uncertainty about border restrictions was continuing to deter people from travelling.

"Even though the incentive to travel is enhanced, there are still people going 'what if this happens?', then, 'how would I get my money back and how would I change the flight'?" he said.

"Until the premiers get their heads together and make a common statement, I think the overall impact of the government subsidy will be minimised."

Mr van Pelt said the flight discounts were a good enough replacement for JobKeeper.

"It will keep jobs as demand will be there," he said.

"It will maintain jobs, maintain viability, maintaining people's businesses to get through the winter and hopefully to a much better summer."

Mr Griffin said while some businesses would still be impacted, the industry knew the JobKeeper benefit was finite.

Tasmanian federal senator Jonathon Duniam said the best thing the government can do for local businesses is get people in the door.

"The best way to keep people in a job is to have the business successfully operating and that's what this program is designed to do."

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"This is a program that is designed to help the tourism industry grow, not keep it on life support," he said.

Another tourism operator, Tara Howell from Blue Derby Pods Ride, said throughout the pandemic her business has lost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

When the borders shut, Ms Howell said her company lost all their customers overnight, which was "devastating and scary."

"With JobKeeper finishing, we needed the extra boost and this has been the answer to what we need," she said.

"Winter's coming around the corner and we've all been questioning how we're going to get through this."

"This announcement means our winter is looking exciting and we're hopeful for what's to come," Ms Howell said.

South of the state left behind

The Huon Valley caravan park was forced to shut up shop for about six months during the height of the coronavirus pandemic in Tasmania.

Owner Leanne Carter said they lost all of their income during that time and was hopeful today's announcement would be a welcomed boost.

She hoped tourists would travel down to southern Tasmania once they landed in the north of the state, but is concerned about a lack of hire vehicles available.

"Hire cars are so hard to get, you know, with people flying in, especially flying into places like Devonport, they're definitely going to need a hire car," Ms Carter said.

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"No point bringing people in if they can't leave the town they fly into.

"It would have made a lot more sense to have a flight into Hobart as well, considering the majority of the big camper vans are hired out of Hobart."

Despite concerns about a limited supply of hire cars and caravans, Senator Duniam is certain the state can cater to demand.

"Yes, there have been constraints with hire cars and the hire car fleet through COVID was slashed by two-thirds, that is something that we're working with the industry to cope with."

"We have put in place these extra supports, the extra incentives so that people can bring their own car, bring a caravan," he said.

'We'll take anything we can get'

While the flights land in the marginal seats of Bass and Braddon, Senator Duniam denied this was a factor in the federal government's decision.

"Nothing to do with politics, everything to do with growing what is our best asset, the tourism industry in Tasmania," he said.

"We already know that the Hobart airport is back to something like 85 to 90 per cent of capacity earlier this year.

"This is about boosting demand in our regional communities as well."

But some southern tourism operators are feeling left out, including Ms Carter.

"We definitely wish there had been flights allocated to southern Tasmania, but at this stage, we'll take anything that we can get," she said.

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