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Additional night sailings to ward off winter blues

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TT-line has scheduled eight additional Spirit of Tasmania night sailings over winter, to encourage more tourists to travel to Tasmania during the quieter months.

The federal government's $6m Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme saw demand for bookings soar, however the allocation of tickets was exhausted, before the program was due to end on June 30.

Tasmanian tourism leaders were hoping the federal budget would include an extension of the program, or the introduction of similar initiatives to encourage domestic tourism, but were left disappointed.

Despite the end of the scheme, Bernard Dwyer, TT-Line Chief Executive Officer, believes winter is becoming an increasingly popular time to visit Tasmania, with more people wanting to do so from the comfort of their own vehicle.

“Tasmania has an incredible schedule of winter events that visitors want to tick off their bucket list,” he said.

“With Dark MOFO, Tasmanian Whisky Week, Festival of Voices, Devonport Jazz Festival, Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival and three AFL games at Blundstone Area, all scheduled for this winter, there are plenty of reasons visitors are choosing Tasmania over other destinations.”

The ferries will run both to and from Devonport on July 4, 11, 18 and 25, and on August 1, 8, 15 and 22.