The Jewel of Eden

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NORWEGIAN Cruise Line’s Norwegian Jewel has sailed into the NSW port of Eden, mak­ing it the first cruise ship to re­turn to the fire-rav­aged south coast town.

The ves­sel made its tri­umphant re­turn on 24 Jan, bring­ing a group of tourists and un­der­lin­ing the mes­sage that the re­gion is “open for busi­ness” and on the road to re­cov­ery.

“It is im­por­tant to con­vey the mes­sage to the world that Aus­tralia is ready to wel­come vis­i­tors,” said Norwegian Cruise Line Vice Pres­i­dent and Manag­ing Direc­tor, APAC Ben An­gell.

“The cruise in­dus­try has be­come a key con­trib­u­tor to this re­gion’s tourism econ­omy in re­cent years, and we’ve no doubt that lo­cals are ea­ger to wel­come vis­i­tors to eat, drink, shop and ex­plore Eden and its sur­rounds.”

Pic­tured: Stu­art Ayres, NSW Min­is­ter for Tourism; Gior­gio Vous­soli­nos, Norwegian Jewel Cap­tain; Kristy McBain, Bega Val­ley Shire Coun­cil Mayor; Lo­cal wildlife mas­cot; Philip Hol­l­i­day, CEO and Direc­tor, Port Author­ity of NSW; Natalie God­ward, Port Author­ity of NSW Cruise De­vel­op­ment Man­ager; Jon Mur­rie, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Direc­tor CLIA Aus­trala­sia; Ben An­gell, Vice Pres­i­dent & Manag­ing Direc­tor,

APAC, Norwegian Cruise Line; and Margy Os­mond, CEO, Tourism Trans­port Fo­rum.

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