Cruise ship boost for town

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Zoe Keenan

Esper­ance is set to wel­come 10 cruise ships dur­ing the next four months and re­ceive a likely mil­lion-dol­lar boost to its econ­omy.

Last year the town re­ceived a $1.4 mil­lion cash in­jec­tion from cruise ships.

Tourism Esper­ance chair­man Wayne Hal­l­i­day ex­pects an­other strong year in cruise tourism.

“The de­mo­graphic of peo­ple on cruise ships, es­pe­cially ones from over­seas, we find they’re very open to try­ing and sam­pling our prod­ucts and pay­ing for tours that we pro­vide,” Mr Hal­l­i­day said.

“They cer­tainly en­joy their time here and shop­keep­ers and tour op­er­a­tors al­ways have a fairly busy day when the cruise ships are in town.”

Next Wed­nes­day the sea­side town will wel­come the As­tor cruise ship, which has a ca­pac­ity of 650 pas­sen­gers and 300 crew.

The cruise ship will be re­vis­it­ing Esper­ance six times be­tween De­cem­ber and March next year.

Celebrity Sol­stice by Celebrity Cruises is set to bring the big­gest group of tourists to the re­gion when it docks in Esper­ance on March 2.

Celebrity Sol­stice has a ca­pac­ity of 2850 pas­sen­gers and 1500 crew.

“Cruise ships are a part of the whole tourism in­dus­try we’re try­ing to build here.

“It brings peo­ple here that didn’t nec­es­sar­ily have any in­ten­tions of com­ing to Esper­ance but come as part of a broader itin­er­ary.

“It’s great we get to pro­mote our re­gion to these tourists and if they’re cre­at­ing an­other itin­er­ary by road trips in the fu­ture they’ll in­clude Esper­ance.”

Mr Hal­l­i­day said the 2019-20 sea­son was also look­ing to bring a wel­come boost of tourists and money to the re­gion.

The 2017-18 cruise ship sea­son gen­er­ated $275 mil­lion for the WA econ­omy.

Pic­ture: Stephen Scour­field

The cruise ship As­tor an­chored off Esper­ance.

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