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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Queensland cruising to top with $1.1 billion, 4000 jobs

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Wednesday, October 25, 2017

    Queensland cruising to top with $1.1 billion, 4000 jobs

    Queensland is Australia’s top cruise destination with new figures showing the industry now contributing $1.1 billion to the state’s economy supporting more than 4000 jobs across the State.

    Announcing construction of the $158 million Brisbane International Cruise Terminal, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said a record 468 cruise ships visited Queensland last financial year according to the Cruise Lines International Association’s latestreport.

    “This is almost double the number (238) of cruise ships to travel to Queensland in 2012-13,” the Premier said.

    “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.”

    “Before my Government came to offices, there were less than five.”

    “Cruise tourism is a booming industry and supports 4,330 full time jobs across the state – trend data shows that the industry is only set to grow.

    “Brisbane is now Australia’s second biggest cruise port after Sydney and will continue to grow further as we enhance our infrastructure and experiences.

    “Working together with the tourism industry and through our public ownership of key ports, we have been able to grow the cruise industry, boost local economies up and down out coast, and create new jobs for Queensland.”

    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.

    Tourism Minister Kate Jones said the latest data was a testament to the great inroads the current government has made in the tourism sector.

    “These figures show the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to supporting Queensland’s tourism industry after the LNP ripped $188 million from the industry’s budget over four years,” she said.

    The Palaszczuk Government is proactively 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.

    The Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games (DTESB) is conducting a study into the economic contribution of base porting in Queensland to investigate the economic benefits of homeporting and steps that can be taken to encourage cruise passengers to stay longer and spend more.


    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.

    When based in Cairns from September to November 2016, the Pacific Eden cruise ship contributed more than $6 million to the local economy.

    It completed another home porting season from Cairns in October 2017.

    Port Douglas welcomed 20 cruise ships and the northern destinations of Cooktown and Thursday Island had 4 and 8 ships respectively.


    Townsville

    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.

    Whitsunday

    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.

    Gladstone

    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.

     

     

    Number of ship calls

    Forward bookings

     

    2012-13

    2013-14

    2014-15

    2015-16

    2016-17

    2017-18

    Brisbane

    105

    115

    134

    148

    179

    180

    Moreton Island

    -

    3

    14

    33

    32

    31

    Mooloolaba

    -

    -

    -

    6

    9

    6

    Fraser Coast

    -

    -

    -

    2

    3

    7

    Gladstone

    -

    -

    -

    4

    7

    4

    Whitsundays

    38

    33

    44

    43

    62

    83

    Townsville

    4

    9

    4

    3

    8

    21

    Cairns

    43

    45

    42

    50

    82

    82

    Port Douglas

    18

    23

    30

    29

    20

    28

    Cooktown

    2

    4

    0

    3

    4

    11

    Thursday Island

    5

    6

    7

    7

    8

    4

    Bundaberg

     

     

     

     

     

    1

    Other GBR destinations

     

     

     

     

    26

    28

    Cairns overnight

     

     

     

     

    28

    32

    Total

    215

    238

    275

    329

    468

    518

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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