Cruise visits generate $1.1b for Queensland
A record 468 cruise ships visited Queensland last financial year, according to the Cruise Lines International Association’s latest report.
Announcing construction of the $158 million Brisbane International Cruise Terminal, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said this was almost double the number (238) of cruise ships to travel to Queensland in 2012-13.
“In fact, this financial year (2017-18), Queensland is set to welcome a new record of 518 cruise ships to Queensland – the equivalent of 10 per week,” she said.
Queensland’s regional ports are attracting more attention from the cruise industry, with the Whitsundays experiencing extraordinary growth in 2016–17, recording 62 cruise ship visits, 19 more ships than 2015–16.
“That’s testament to our local industry and the quality experiences we have worked hard to deliver for travellers cruising into Queensland ports,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
She said the Palaszczuk Government was supporting the cruise boom with new infrastructure such as Ports North’s plans for a $120 million project to upgrade the Port of Cairns and the Port of Townsville plans for a $520 million project to widen and deepen the access channel over the next five years to attract larger vessels.
Cairns and Port Douglas
The Cairns region, which includes Trinity Wharf and Yorkeys Knob, welcomed 82 cruise ship visits in 2016–17, with 28 of those staying overnight, which significantly increases the economic benefit to the region.
Port Douglas welcomed 20 cruise ships and the northern destinations of Cooktown and Thursday Island had 4 and 8 ships respectively.
Townsville received eight cruise ship visits for 2016–17, which is five more ships than 2015–16, and has more than 20 forward bookings for next year.
The Whitsundays experienced extraordinary growth in 2016–17, recording 62 cruise ship visits, 19 more ships than 2015–16 and represents growth of more than 40 per cent.
In the second year of cruise ship visits, Gladstone welcomed seven cruise ships for 2016–17, which is three more ships than 2015–16.
Fraser Coast and Bundaberg
In 2016-17 Fraser Island welcomed 3 ship calls and 3,692 passengers, with forward bookings indicating growth again next year. Bundaberg will welcome the first cruise ship for many years with the arrival of a boutique-sized cruise ship in June 2018.
Photo: The Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal will welcome the arrival of MS Maasdam on Friday, October 27 with about 1694 passengers and crew on board.