Beauty of Tassie un­tapped

Cruise Weekly - - News -

THE Tas­ma­nian Govern­ment is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the prospect of build­ing a new port at Beauty Point on the Ta­mar River as one of many po­ten­tial growth op­por­tu­ni­ties for the state’s cruise sec­tor.

The sug­ges­tion for a fourth cruise ship port is part of the Govern­ment’s Tas­ma­nian Cruise Mar­ket Up­date and Re­gional Ports Re­view 2017-18, which out­lines growth op­por­tu­ni­ties and the im­pact of the cruise in­dus­try in Tas­ma­nia.

“Beauty Point has been iden­ti­fied as one place where we can in­vest more and bring more visi­tors in,” said Tas­ma­nia Premier Will Hodg­man.

Ex­pe­di­tion cruis­ing was also iden­ti­fied in the re­port as “the best fit” for Tas­ma­nia in terms of shore ex­cur­sions and brand­ing, with the ap­petite for growth at the state’s ports strong­est in the small lux­ury seg­ment of ships up to 1,000 pas­sen­gers.

The re­view sug­gests the big­gest op­por­tu­ni­ties for growth are: de­vel­op­ing par­tial turn­arounds of cruise ships at Ho­bart so that visi­tors could spend time in Tas­ma­nia be­fore or af­ter their cruise, in­creas­ing time spent in port to boost pax spend, longer shore tours to at­tract more bou­tique int’l ves­sels, and in­creas­ing the num­ber of re­gional ports in­cluded on itin­er­ar­ies to drive vis­i­tor dis­per­sal.

Large cruise ship vis­its to Wine­glass Bay were la­belled “un­suit­able” due to the im­pact on Fr­eycinet Na­tional Park, with the re­port rec­om­mend­ing a re­stric­tion on ships car­ry­ing more than 100 pax in the fu­ture.

Tas­ma­nia’s Beauty Point.

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