Coast wel­comes ACA

Cruise Weekly - - NEWS -

THE Aus­tralian Cruise As­so­ci­a­tion (ACA) opened its 21st con­fer­ence and an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on the Sun­shine Coast last night, re­in­forc­ing the re­gion’s role as one of the fastest grow­ing port des­ti­na­tions in the coun­try.

The pro­gram was of­fi­cially opened by Leanne Cod­ding­ton, ceo of Tourism and Events Queens­land (TEQ), who spoke about the record num­ber of cruise ships vis­it­ing Queens­land in 2016-2107 that spent 407 ship days in port, rep­re­sent­ing an in­crease of 25% on the year prior.

More than 110 del­e­gates are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the con­fer­ence held in Mooloolaba and themed “To­gether To­wards Tomorrow,” to ex­plore in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment, col­lab­o­ra­tion with cruise lines, and un­der­stand­ing chang­ing cus­tomer needs.

High­light­ing the im­por­tance of cruise growth to the lo­cal re­gion, Visit Sun­shine Coast ceo Si­mon Latch­ford, pic­tured, said cruises to the coast had grown by 28.6% over the past year, with an av­er­age spend of $269 per pas­sen­ger in­jected into the lo­cal tourism econ­omy.

Two in­ter­na­tional speak­ers are on the pro­gram for the con­fer­ence this week.

Bruce Krum­rine, vp of shore ex­cur­sions for Princess Cruises, Hol­land Amer­ica Line, Se­abourn and P&O based in the US, and Matt Grimes from Vik­ing Cruises, re­spon­si­ble for itin­er­ary de­vel­op­ment and de­ploy­ment based in Eu­rope, will give pre­sen­ta­tions on the im­por­tance of des­ti­na­tion de­vel­op­ment.

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