Cruise ship boost for town
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.
The cruise ship Astor anchored off Esperance.