North Tasmanian tourism operators and business leaders had mixed feelings following the exclusion of key destinations from a new travel list last week.
Almost all of Tasmania was included in Natural Landscapes, a list of best places in Australia to visit compiled by Tourism Australia.
Launceston, the Midlands region, the Tamar Valley, Penguin and Burnie were excluded.
Legana’s Velo Wines co-owner Mary Wilson said she was concerned and puzzled that the Tamar Valley had been left out.
”I definitely have concerns if it is advertising being done about tourism in Tasmania because the Tamar Valley is a major part of the state’s tourism and cannot be missed,” she said.
”And in terms of where food and wine sits in tourism, the food and wine experience is getting bigger and bigger – and seeing that the majority of the state’s wine routes are up here, you would think we’d be included.”
However, CityProm executive officer Vanessa Cahoon said it was fantastic that Tasmania had been included.
”I think the inclusion is a bonus for Tasmania – and Launceston is a gateway to many parts of Tasmania,” she said.
”And when it comes to Launceston, our strengths aren’t our natural landscapes.
”They’re our heritage, our food and our wine.”
Burnie Chamber of Commerce and Industry vice-president Phil McCulloch agreed it was a good thing for the state.
”I think it’s a shame they didn’t include many areas in the North of the state but I think the benefits will still flow on,” he said.
Velo Wine owners Mary and Micheal Wilson were concerned and puzzled that the Tamar Valley had been left out of a list of best places to visit compiled by Tourism Australia. Picture: WILL SWAN
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