Hobart’s double dip
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).