Dr WOODRUFF - Premier, the outgoing chair of Tourism Tasmania was very supportive of the cable car on kunanyi. Mr Cretan, in fact, was a major shareholder of that company. Has Tourism Tas provided any support, financial or otherwise, to the Mt Wellington Cable Car Company?
Mr GUTWEIN - I don't believe so. In fact, I would certainly expect that they wouldn't.
Dr WOODRUFF - Given the change in the tourism market due to COVID-19, especially the movement of cruise ships, which the cable car company relies heavily on in their business analysis, do you or Tourism Tasmania have any comments on the business case they presented for the cable car?
Mr GUTWEIN - In terms of cruise ships, they are currently banned from Australian waters. I do believe that we will get to a point where we are able to live and manage COVID 19 moving forward, as vaccination rates increase. My understanding is that the appetite for cruising is very strong. I'm not sure, John, if you've got anything there.
Mr FITZGERALD - Certainly it seems those people who cruise are anxious to cruise again.
Mr GUTWEIN - They are very keen to get amongst it again. Obviously, there's pause in that particular market but I would expect that it would come back, and come back very strongly when the opportunity arises.
Dr WOODRUFF - But you would accept that the business case they present which relies on cruise-ship numbers can't function in the current COVID 19 world we're in.
Mr GUTWEIN - They don't have planning approval yet and then they would have a build. We're not talking tomorrow. Should they be successful with their appeal, it will take some time to build and I would hope that the world over the next couple of years returns to more of a normal state than we're currently in at the moment.