Tourism and trade in Tasmania will dominate discussions during a two-day visit to the state by Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb kicking off today.

Member for Bass Andrew Nikolic along with the Member for Lyons Eric Hutchinson will host Mr Robb, who as the minister responsible for tourism, will attend a number of meetings giving local stake-holders the chance to discuss the sector first hand with the minister.

“Tasmania is one of Australia’s leading tourist destinations, offering world-class services and wonderful attractions for both domestic and international travellers alike, such as the Penny Royal precinct re-development underway in Launceston, which I’ll be visiting today,” Mr Robb said.

“During my time in Tasmania I’ll also speak with tourism groups in Launceston and in Coles Bay, to discuss potential opportunities to drive tourism in the state even further,” he said.

Over the coming days, Mr Robb will visit local exporters to discuss the opportunities that have been created for Tasmanian businesses by the Free Trade Agreements with Japan, Korea and China.

While in Launceston, Mr Robb will meet with honey manufacturers Oz Honey – who were recently granted $1 million in funding to expand their operations as part of the ‘Australian Government Innovation and Investment Fund’ – before travelling on Wednesday to meet with staff at Abalone Farms Australia in Bicheno.

“Both Oz Honey and Abalone Farms Australia are wonderful examples of businesses taking advantage of the growing demand in Asia, for our world-class clean, green Aussie produce,” Mr Robb said.

“With a large percentage of their exports destined for China, Oz Honey will benefit from the elimination over four years, of the current 15 per cent tariff on honey.

“Abalone Farms Australia on the other hand export primarily to Japan; they’ve already seen tariffs on their products abolished when the agreement between our two countries entered into force in January,” he said.

Mr Robb added that his visit coincides with the second round of tariff cuts under the Japan FTA coming into effect on April 1, giving businesses around the state added incentive to explore export opportunities with Australia’s second largest trading partner.

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