Kangaroo Island’s new landing platform at Penneshaw will today welcome its first cruise ship, Holland America Line’s Volendam.
The visit marks the first of 11 cruise ships scheduled to visit Kangaroo Island between now and the end of 2014, with more bookings expected.
Minister for Tourism Gail Gago said this is a significant day for the cruise industry in Kangaroo Island, with up to 1800 passengers and 560 crew arriving at Penneshaw Jetty this morning.
“This is fantastic news for Kangaroo Island businesses and the local economy,” Ms Gago said.
“The ship will anchor at Penneshaw for one day and in that time cruise passengers will be able to explore the beauty of Kangaroo Island.
“This is a testament to the success of the South Australian government’s strategy to attract more cruise lines to Kangaroo Island,” Ms Gago said.
Today’s arrival of Volendam reinforces the importance of the SATC investing $358,000 in the Penneshaw landing platform which was completed in May this year.
The fixed platform allows passengers to embark and disembark and features a series of levels for use in different tides and for two tender vessels to pull alongside at one time.
“The Penneshaw landing platform allows passengers of major cruise liners easy access to enjoy the amazing attractions Kangaroo Island has to offer,” she said.
The Seven Seas Voyager and Holland America’s Amsterdam and Volendam are the first cruise ships to experience the Island’s new welcome program and facilities on offer, supporting the influx of high yielding cruise passenger vessels scheduled to visit in the coming years.
The 2012/13 cruise season will see 18 cruise ship visits across the State, bringing in more than 40,000 passengers and 15,000 crew members.
South Australian Tourism Commission’s cruise ship target is 43 ships to South Australia, to generate an estimated $17 million in direct passenger expenditure by 2020.