Tasmania’s minister for hospitality, Scott Bacon, has welcomed the commitment in thes premier’s address to continue funding to support Tasmania’s hospitality industry.
Mr Bacon said the state government will continue to provide $100,000 a year to the industry over the next two years.
“As one of Tasmania’s largest employers, the hospitality industry is both an important part of our economy and a fundamental part of the lifestyle we have all come to enjoy,” he said.
“Through this funding, we will continue to work with the Tasmanian Hospitality Association to ensure the industry continues to thrive.”
Mr Bacon said funding of $100,000 a year in 2010-11 and 2011-12 had already helped the industry with a number of key initiatives, including focussed skills development, training, employment and career opportunities in the industry.
Mr Bacon said the potential growth in Tasmania’s tourist markets, including China, required a greater understanding about the nature of the experience visitors are looking for.
“If we are to capture these markets we need to develop new skills to be able to meet the needs of these visitors, so they have a memorable time that they share with their friends back home,” he said.