AUS­TRALIANS CRUIS­ING IN RECORD NUM­BERS

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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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