Ho­bart’s dou­ble dip

Cruise Weekly - - News -

AN ES­TI­MATED 6,800 cruise pas­sen­gers were un­loaded in Ho­bart yes­ter­day thanks to two ships be­ing docked in the state’s cap­i­tal at one time.

Hol­land Amer­ica Line’s Vista class ship The No­or­dam and Royal Caribbean’s Ova on of the Seas were both vis­it­ing Ho­bart, with Des­ti­na­tion South­ern Tas­ma­nia Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Alex Heroy telling The Mer­cury the dou­ble ves­sel visit led to a pas­sen­ger spend of ap­prox­i­mately $1.1 mil­lion.

“The av­er­age pas­sen­ger spend per per­son while in port in Ho­bart is $172,” Heroy said.

“We know that they spend their money on re­tail, food and bev­er­ages, and ex­cur­sions — with 43% of pas­sen­gers par­tic­i­pat­ing in some kind of or­gan­ised tour for the day,” he added.

The Tas­ma­nian Gov­ern­ment has re­vealed plans to make Ho­bart a turn­around port to help boost visi­ta­tion ( CW 25 Oct).

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