Small, with big ben­e­fits

Mercury (Hobart) - - OPINION - B. Row­lands Mon­tagu Bay

CON­CERNS over cruise pas­sen­ger num­bers in Tas­ma­nia have been over­stated, so it’s im­por­tant to put the facts into per­spec­tive when plan­ning for the fu­ture of the tourism sec­tor ( Mer­cury, June 10). The state’s cruise vis­i­tor num­bers rep­re­sent a small but im­por­tant frac­tion of to­tal tourism and cur­rently make up about 7 per cent of over­all vis­i­ta­tion. Tas­ma­nia recorded about 212,638 cruise pas­sen­ger visit days in 2017-2018 from about 90,000 ac­tual cruise vis­i­tors, while over­all vis­i­tor num­bers that year to­talled 1.3 mil­lion.

Al­though the num­bers are rel­a­tively small, the eco­nomic ben­e­fits from cruise vis­i­tors are very sig­nif­i­cant. To­tal di­rect cruise pas­sen­ger ex­pen­di­ture in Tas­ma­nia was $30.5 mil­lion in 2017-2018, which

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