Extra Jetstar services could boost tourism in Tasmania

Bosses at airline Jetstar are hoping that extra services between mainland Australia and Tasmania will help boost tourism in the latter.

Later this week (December 22nd), the carrier will add three more Melbourne-Launceston services and one extra Hobart-Melbourne flight each week to cater for increased summer demand, the Mercury reports.

Chief commercial officer for the Jetstar Group David Koczkar wants to see more Aussies use their travel credit cards on the island in order to help the economy.

He stated that the average Australian spent $1,703 each when they visited Tasmania in the year ending June 2011 and Jetstar's additional 3,600 seats each week could help improve this figure further.

"Based on the average tourist spend, these additional flights have the potential to deliver millions of dollars for the local economy," he commented.

Aussies are also increasingly interested in heading to the picturesque Hamilton Island, which is based in the Whitsundays, tourism chiefs recently reported.

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