Tourists to Hobart can now get cheap flights at half price, joining other destinations in Australia who are eligible for the tourism scheme.
Pour Tassie gets snubbed a lot. They don’t have an AFL team, and when the Government announced that destinations across Australia would get 800 000 cheap flights at 50% off, they were not included on the list.
Initially, destinations to capital cities included Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Perth and Avalon.
Even so, the federal tourism minister Dan Tehran told 6PR Radio that the threat of snap border closures could throw uncertainty into the scheme, as reported in The Guardian.
“One of the things we’re really looking for … is a firm message from state and territory leaders that border closures will now be used as a last resort.”
Despite the uncertainty, and with further consultation, Hobart has now been added to the list of destinations who have been affected by international border closures, and ostensibly, domestic ones.
To clarify, Burnie, Devonport and Launceston were on the original announcment, but the southern part of the state felt lacking in love, according to ABC News.
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Assistant Minister for Industry Development Jonathon Duniam was pleased that the government had “listened, agreed and responded with the right outcome for Tasmania.”
“The addition of Hobart will guarantee that tourist destinations in the far south, on the peninsula or at locations closer to our capital can share in the recovery.”
After all, the city that is famous for producing Crown Princess Mary of Denmark as well as the amazing Aurora Australis or southern lights (viewable all year round), should get some credit.
Best of all, it boasts Australia’s oldest brewery, the Cascade brewery, so Hobart residents enjoy a good bevvie, clearly.
These flights are available between the beginning of April and the end of July, for travel through until the end of September.
This news also comes as Qantas recently relauched the old mystery flight scheme, where you’d book a unknown destination for a day trip or even an overnight stay.
Unsurprisingly, Hobart was not a destination on the list.