Queensland tourism is full steam ahead
IT’S full steam ahead for the state’s cruise ship industry in a $1.1 billion bonanza for the Queensland economy.
New data reveals a 70 per cent increase in the number of cruise ship visits to Queensland in the past three years, with direct spending from cruise passengers rising almost $250 million per year in the same period.
The new figures come as work continues on the $158 million Brisbane International Cruise Terminal at Luggage Point while the State government continues to pursue more of the world’s top cruise ship companies to set sail for Queensland on a regular basis.
The cruise sector remains one of the fastest-growing segments of the tourism industry, with new figures showing the number of ships visiting Queensland ports has risen from 275 four years ago to 468 in the just-finished 2016-17 financial year.
Spending by cruise ship passengers increased from $349 million in 2014-15 to $590 million last year.
The total value of cruise ships to the Queensland economy has more than doubled from $402 million to more than $1.1 billion.
Sydney still hosts more cruise ships than Brisbane, but Queensland remains streets ahead overall with more ports in more desirable locations.
Queensland Tourism Minister Kate Jones said our cruise ship industry was now the envy of the country, with ports along the coast from Brisbane to the Great Barrier Reef.
“More cruise ships ported in Queensland last year than any other state — we’re dominating this sector,” she said.
“This industry now supports 4330 jobs in Queensland and we’re working hard to grow that number by negotiating with cruise companies to secure more bookings at our ports.
“Cruise shipping is a huge growth market for tourism.”