Smith vows to push for pier

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NEWLY reap­pointed Royal Caribbean MD for Asia-Pa­cific, Gavin Smith (TD 08 Oct) has con­firmed the com­pany will con­tinue to work on a Port Botany so­lu­tion to Syd­ney’s cruise ca­pac­ity cri­sis.

Speak­ing to TD yes­ter­day dur­ing an of­fi­cial launch func­tion for the Royal Caribbean 2019/20 Aus­tralasian season, Smith re­it­er­ated the im­por­tance of an­other ter­mi­nal east of the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge.

“It’s sim­ple - we need an­other pier if we are to keep grow­ing the cruise in­dus­try,” he said.

Smith is no stranger to the fight for more Syd­ney ca­pac­ity, hav­ing pre­vi­ously led the charge when he was head of CLIA Aus­trala­sia (TD 09 Dec 2010), prior to his more re­cent ap­point­ment as Royal Caribbean’s Lon­don-based Se­nior VP of In­ter­na­tional.

It’s un­der­stood a very se­nior Royal Caribbean ex­ec­u­tive will be in Aus­tralia next week to dis­cuss op­tions for ad­di­tional berthing with author­i­ties in NSW.

Open­ing the 2020 cruise season for RCI, Smith high­lighted the strength of the lo­cal mar­ket, with 250,000 guests to cruise here aboard five Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Aza­mara ships over the com­ing months.

Smith noted that the key chal­lenge for the in­dus­try is to at­tract new cruis­ers to the mar­ket - more in to­mor­row’s Cruise Weekly - cruise­weekly.com.au.

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