APRIL 2020


'Excellent forward thinking'

CIAA welcomes new departure port
for Spirit ferries to the Apple Isle

Stuart Lamont, CIAA

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THE peak body for Australia's caravannng industry has applauded news that ferries to the Apple Isle will be easier to reach.

Caravan Industry Association of Australia chief executive Stuart Lamont (pictured) said the decision to move them to a new departure point demonstrated "excellent forward thinking".

The TT-Line, which operates the Spirit of Tasmania ferries, has announced that in 2022 its Victorian port operations will switch from Station Pier at Port Melbourne to Corio Quay, north of Geelong.

The new 12-hectare dedicated site will include a purpose designed passenger terminal building, passenger vehicle marshalling area for 600 cars, more efficient passenger vehicle check-in, security facilities, public amenities, food and beverage outlet, children's play area and a pet exercise area.

"Having inspected both the new facility and the plans for the new ships this is a gamechanger moment for the Tasmanian tourism industry," Mr Lamont said.

"With visitors arriving by the Spirit known to stay longer and disperse further, this presents a great opportunity for Tasmania to enjoy the fruits of a roadtrip led recovery."

This move will not only help to ease the congestion in streets of inner-city Melbourne, it also provides a new gateway, connecting those departing Tasmania to visit the Great Ocean Road or to quickly hit the road to other destinations.

Tasmania is one of the great caravanning destinations in the country, and this move will provide an enhanced consumer experience for those travelling over the Bass Strait, further building anticipation for the trip ahead.

It also coincides with the introduction of new ships coming online with much greater access and space for caravans, camper trailers and motorhomes.


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