IN A first for Bund­aberg, and three years in the mak­ing, a 338-foot lux­ury cruise ship will sail into our port to­mor­row.

The Sil­versea line ship Sil­ver Dis­cov­erer will en­ter Aus­tralian wa­ters at the Port of Bund­aberg, mak­ing its way from Port Villa.

The ship is ex­pected to ar­rive about 9.30am for the quick stop over al­low­ing the 50 or so guests to visit some of Bund­aberg’s hot spots.

Tourism In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Kate Jones said the ship’s ar­rival was a win for Bund­aberg.

Ms Jones said the ar­rival of Sil­ver Dis­cov­erer sig­ni­fied the start of a new pe­riod of pros­per­ity for Bund­aberg’s tourism in­dus­try.

“Cruise ships are big busi­ness for Queens­land. In 201617 this in­dus­try gen­er­ated $590 mil­lion for our econ­omy,” Ms Jones said.

“That’s why we’re work­ing hard to grow this sec­tor in Bund­aberg in years to come.

“With great in­fra­struc­ture, nat­u­ral beauty and iconic Queens­land at­trac­tions, Bund­aberg is an ideal cruis­ing des­ti­na­tion.”

The govern­ment, through Tourism and Events Queens­land, has worked with Bund­aberg North Bur­nett Tourism, the Port of Bund­aberg and lo­cal tourism op­er­a­tors over the past three years to en­sure the re­gion is set up to ac­cept cruise ship vis­i­tors and to show­case Bund­aberg’s glob­ally renowned dis­til­leries, brew­eries and her­itage build­ings, Ms Jones said.

Cruise ship vis­i­tors will be able to choose from two tours of­fered as part of the ship’s tour­ing itin­er­ary – ‘The Bund­aberg Ex­pe­ri­ence’ in­clud­ing tours of the Bund­aberg Rum Dis­tillery, Bar­gara Brew­ing Co. and bou­tique dis­tillery Kalki Moon, or the ‘Bund­aberg Her­itage Tour’ tak­ing in the Hin­kler Hall of Avi­a­tion, Botanic Gar­dens and high tea at the Fairymead House and Su­gar His­tory Mu­seum.

“This re­gion wel­comed more than two mil­lion vis­i­tors last year and tourism gen­er­ated $1.1 bil­lion for the lo­cal econ­omy – that’s three per cent growth un­der our govern­ment,” Ms Jones said.

Bund­aberg North Bur­nett Tourism Gen­eral Man­ager Kather­ine Reid said the town was look­ing for­ward to ex­tend­ing a warm Bund­aberg wel­come to the Sil­versea guests and crew for their short time in Port.

The Sil­ver Dis­cov­erer will be leav­ing the Port of Bund­aberg no later than 8pm on Satur­day.

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