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Written By miftah nugraha on Minggu, 24 Februari 2013 | 19.55

ALL ABOARD: Cliff and Amy Senkbeil, of Sandy Bay, at Stewarts Bay before heading off on their Tasman Island Cruise. Picture: NIKKI DAVIS-JONES

TASMANIANS are doing their bit to help communities hit hard by last month's bushfires by holidaying in their home state.

The Sunday Tasmanian and the Mercury have partnered with tourism authorities to help the Tasman region get back on its feet after the January 4 bushfires.

The fires that raged through the Dunalley and Forestier Peninsula areas caused the road to the Tasman Peninsula to be cut for more than a week.

In some cases tourism businesses lost all their bookings during what was meant to be their busiest period.

An estimated 20 per cent of Pennicott Wilderness Journeys' guests are Tasmanians, such as Sandy Bay couple Cliff and Amy Senkbeil.

The Senkbeils helped support the bushfire-affected region by taking a Tasman Island Cruise during a recent day spent on the peninsula to celebrate Mrs Senkbeil's birthday.

Cruise operator Rob Pennicott added Tasman Island Cruises to his Pennicott Wilderness Journeys venture five years ago.

Mr Pennicott said the peninsula boasted one of the biggest and best varieties of attractions of anywhere in Tasmania.

"The Tasman Peninsula is an absolutely beautiful place of diversity," he said.

"There's great walks, and the Port Arthur historic site has gone to a lot of trouble to get new quality products. There's definitely great places to eat, to stay and, from my selfish point of view, the beautiful cliffs, caves, blowholes and animals for us to show off."

Readers are encouraged to visit the Port Arthur & Tasman Tourism Association Facebook page and to "like" the Open For Business campaign to show their support for local operators doing it tough.

Readers are also encouraged to join the campaign by sharing pictures taken during their visit to the peninsula on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtags #tassiecalling and #openforbusiness

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