Liberals invest $1.5 million to grow the hospitality sector

Job creation will be the number one priority of a majority Liberal Government, and we have set a target of reducing Tasmania’s unemployment rate to at least the national average, within our first term.

As part of our long-term job creation plan, a majority Liberal Government will invest an additional $1.5 million to boost the hospitality industry, creating jobs and growing the economy.

The hospitality industry is Tasmania’s third largest employer and makes a significant contribution to the Tasmanian economy. Employing 10.2 per cent of Tasmania’s workforce, the industry employs 20,000 people across 1,995 businesses, which provide over $1.437 billion in sales and service income.

The hospitality sector also is a critical part of the Tasmanian tourism industry and ensuring that it is appropriately supported is vital to achieving our vision to grow the State’s tourism industry to 1.5 million visitors per year by 2020.

As part of our Plan to grow the hospitality sector, we will:

• Recognise the Tasmanian Hospitality Association (THA) as the peak body for hospitality in Tasmania, and will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the THA;
• Provide $800,000 over four years to the THA to implement the Tasmanian Hospitality Strategic Plan 2012;
• Provide $400,000 over four years to maintain the existing program of hospitality workforce development;
• Conduct a broad review of the structure and operation of the Tasmanian Gaming Commission, and also the Liquor Licensing Board
• Invest an additional $33 million over four years to rebuild our police service with an additional 108 officers. This will allow the establishment of the Public Order Response Team; and
• Provide $300,000 over two years to implement a customer service accreditation program.

The Liberals are proud to support an industry that supports so many Tasmanians and their families.

– Will Hodgman MP, Liberal Leader, and Adam Brooks MP, Shadow Minister for Hospitality

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