Cruise value soars to $5.3b

Cruise Weekly - - NEWS - with Joel Katz MD, CLIA Aus­trala­sia

CLIA re­leased our lat­est re­port on the eco­nomic con­tri­bu­tion of cruise to the Aus­tralian Econ­omy last week.

This re­veals an in­dus­try that gen­er­ates sig­nif­i­cant na­tional and re­gional eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity, from sup­port­ing thou­sands of jobs to the eco­nomic ben­e­fits that flow to busi­nesses and com­mu­ni­ties far beyond the ships and ports, in­clud­ing lo­cal sup­plies such as Aus­tralian meat, dairy, wine and fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles.

The find­ings pro­vide com­pelling ev­i­dence of the value of the cruise in­dus­try & how cru­cial its con­tin­ued growth is to the econ­omy.

With a record num­ber of cruise ships vis­it­ing Aus­tralian ports, the value of the cruise in­dus­try to the Aus­tralian econ­omy has surged by 15.4% to reach $5.3b

Syd­ney is Aus­tralia’s cruise gate­way, and there has been much spec­u­la­tion in the me­dia this week re­gard­ing the progress of the NSW Govern­ment’s cruise plan to re­solve Syd­ney’s ca­pac­ity con­straints, and pre-empt­ing some of the op­tions un­der dis­cus­sion.

The in­dus­try is en­cour­aged that the govern­ment is now fo­cussed on the is­sue of pro­vid­ing ur­gently needed berthing ca­pac­ity east of the har­bour bridge.

CLIA and our cruise line mem­bers are en­gag­ing closely with the govern­ment to en­sure that all op­tions for ad­di­tional berths are care­fully eval­u­ated, be­fore any so­lu­tions are pre­sented.

The con­tin­ued growth of our in­dus­try is too im­por­tant to be side­tracked by spec­u­la­tion.

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