TASMANIA'S Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Matthew Groom, last week said there has been 'significant interest' from investors and tourism operators in an Expressions of Interest process for new tourism infrastructure in the state's National Parks and World Heritage Area.
Mr Groom said that as the State Government takes action towards transforming Tasmania into the 'environment tourism capital of the world', it was revealed in an Estimates hearing last Tuesday that 87 enquiries and requests for additional information have been received so far.
"While it is important to maintain confidentiality around the type and number of submissions received, we are very excited by the interest and are confident that it will result in a strong number of Expressions of Interest," the Minister said.
"We are confident that this process will bring about new, unique tourist offerings which will help to establish Tasmania as the environmental tourism capital of the world."
The Expressions of Interest process commenced in June and closes on November 21. Proposals received in the EOI process will be assessed through a two stage process.
The first stage will involve a high-level assessment against a number of criteria, including the appropriateness of the particular development to a particular site; the qualifications of the proponent to establish and operate the development; and the ability of the proponent to finance the development.
The Minister may then invite selected proponents to proceed to the second stage of the process and to provide a more detailed proposal. According to the government, the Office of the Coordinator General will assist successful proponents through the planning and approval process.