On Thursday 28 January 2016, Tasmanian Boat Charters (us!) the newest all-inclusive eco-tourism venture in Tasmania was officially launched by the Premier and Minister for Tourism, the Hon. Will Hodgman MP. We were successful through the State Government’s Expressions of Interest process and are now available to operate in some of Tasmania’s most magical places including Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour in the South West Tasmanian World Heritage Area.
“The concept of a ‘floating home’ in Bathurst Harbour has been specifically developed to have low impact on the environment and to avoid land infrastructure or the need for a land based footprint, allowing guests to experience and appreciate the south west while still enjoying the full safety and comfort that any land based lodge would provide” owner and skipper, Pieter, said.
Guests including Hon. Matthew Groom MP, Hon. Elise Archer MP and other key influences within the Tourism Industry showed their support by attending the launch, contributing to its success and had the opportunity to tour the Odalisque to checked out what she has to offer.
The Premier and Minister for Tourism, Hospitability and Events congratulated Tasmanian Boat Charters in his speech and also by distributing the below media release.
Will Hodgman, Premier
Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Events
Chartering a course to ecotourism success
Today, I congratulate Tasmanian Boat Charters on signing a lease and licence agreement under our Expressions of Interest process and the launch of this new vessel Odalisque in Hobart.
The lease helps open further opportunities for one of the most remarkable, remote and rugged pieces of Tasmania; Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour, which have previously been out of reach for many travelers.
Owner/operator Pieter van der Woude will be able to moor his custom built 20-metre vessel Odalisque within the Port Davey area of South West National Park, with the permanent mooring to have a minimal impact on the sea-bed and surrounds.
The vessel will be a floating boutique hotel, without the need for on-land infrastructure, minimising any footprint on the World Heritage Area.
It provides guests with a base from which to explore our incredible wilderness with expert guides; to go scuba diving, kayaking or bird watching before enjoying a meal that showcases our world-class produce that’s prepared by an on-board chef.
In the past, visitors hoping to experience Port Davey by boat had their access limited by the whim of the weather, which could be discouraging for some or cause delays and cancellations for others.
Now, visitors will travel by aircraft to Melaleuca, where the Odalisque crew will meet them and transport them to the vessel, a short boat ride away in Port Davey.
The venture will also create four new full-time jobs, made-up of a skipper, deck-hand, chef, interpreters on a rotating roster and a full time tourism manager based in Hobart.
Tasmanian Boat Charters is a great example of what can be achieved through this Government’s vision to make Tasmania the ecotourism capital of the world, through the EOI process.
The charter is one of four projects that have now signed lease and licensing agreements, while another 12 have progressed to lease and licence negotiations and nine are undergoing further assessment by the expert panel.
The EOI process represents an opportunity to attract up to $70 million worth of investment and the creation of up to 300 jobs.
The economic return to the State of the EOI projects is estimated at nearly $30 million per annum.
The Government remains absolutely committed to the proper protection of natural and cultural heritage within our parks and reserves. All projects that are approved through the EOI process will need to comply with statutory frameworks.
From February to May 2016 and every year after we welcome visitors to embark on a three, five or seven-day expedition into Port Davey, Bathurst Harbour exploring the untouched and remote Tasmanian World Heritage Area on their ‘floating home’ Odalisque which accommodates up to ten guests.
From May – January Odalisque will offer overnight charters in other areas of Tasmania including the East Coast, Bruny Island and the Tasman Peninsula.
Odalisque is also available to entertain groups up to 40 people with a tailored day charter, ideal for functions or for any occasion that requires a unique experience or voyage.
Thanks to our distinguished guests and to everyone that attended the official launch and we look forward to your continued support.