AUSTRALIANS CRUISING IN RECORD NUMBERS
More than 27 million passengers are expected to set sail globally in 2018, according to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)’s State of the Cruise Industry Outlook. The report, which examines forecast trends as well as the industry’s overall global economic impact, made the projection based on a 20.5 per cent increase in the number of cruise passengers between 2011 and 2016.
Australia’s own market grew by 4.4 per cent in 2017, seeing 1.34 million of us (or nearly six per cent of the population) sailing off on an ocean cruise. We’re particularly fond of local waters, with the South Pacific (35 per cent) and Australia (34 per cent) accounting for the most cruise passengers.
So strong is demand for cruising that the Port of Brisbane and Carnival Australia are moving ahead with the new Brisbane International Cruise Terminal at Luggage Point, which is expected to generate almost $5 billion for the Queensland economy within 15 years after opening in mid-2020.
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