Aussies hit the open seas in record num­bers

Central and North Burnett Times - - TRAVEL -

ONE in every 19 Aussies took a cruise last year, and busted an in­dus­try record in the process.

More than 1.2 mil­lion Aussies hopped on a cruise ship in 2016. The in­crease of 222,378 pas­sen­gers get­ting on board is the big­gest rise on record.

The num­bers were re­leased in the 2016 Aus­tralian Ocean Pas­sen­ger Cruise In­dus­try Source Mar­ket Re­port.

The most pop­u­lar cruises are itin­er­ar­ies in Aus­tralia, New Zealand and the South Pa­cific, which ac­count for 76.7% of Aus­tralian cruise pas­sen­gers.

Cruise Lines In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion, the or­gan­i­sa­tion be­hind the re­port, also re­vealed that Aus­tralia achieved the equiv­a­lent of 5.3% mar­ket pen­e­tra­tion.

“The grow­ing ca­pac­ity and the wide va­ri­ety of cruis­ing op­tions be­ing of­fered are cap­tur­ing the imag­i­na­tion of Aus­tralians,” Cruise Lines In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion Aus­trala­sia man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Joel Katz said.

Mr Katz said fur­ther in­dus­try growth was be­ing ham­pered by a lack of berthing op­tions in cap­i­tal cities.

“To achieve the 11.8% an­nual Aus­tralian pas­sen­ger growth needed to achieve the goal of two mil­lion pas­sen­gers by 2020, there are sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenges fac­ing us as an in­dus­try here in Aus­tralia, par­tic­u­larly in Syd­ney,” he said. For more in­for­ma­tion go to cruis­ing.org.au.

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