SA cruise sector surges ahead

24 September 2012

A new report shows cruise ships delivered a record $11.7 million in direct expenditure to the South Australian economy during 2011/12.

The Economic Impact Assessment of the Cruise Shipping Industry in Australia 2011/12 was commissioned by Cruise Down Under and produced by the AEC Group. Minister for Tourism Gail Gago today welcomed the report, which found 29,858 people visited South Australia on board a cruise ship between September 2011 and March 2012.

“A total of 21 cruise ship visits took place during the last season, also generating $8.5 million worth of indirect expenditure,” Minister Gago said.

“Seventeen ship visits occurred in Adelaide, with one visit to Kangaroo Island and three visits to Port Lincoln. “Of particular significance is the fact that $7.9 million of the $11.7 million in direct expenditure was found to be passenger and crew spending on tours, shopping, transport and food.”

Minister Gago said 26 ship visits to South Australia were booked for the 2012/13 cruise season.

“I commend the South Australian Tourism Commission for its work to encourage and support these visits,” Minister Gago said.

“The AEC Group’s report clearly shows the importance of cruise ships to our state, along with the many indirect ways in which arrivals benefit South Australia.”

During the approaching season Kangaroo Island will host four cruise ships, visits that will be supported by a new tender landing structure launched by Minister Gago in August.

“This structure will be used for the first time on November 17 when Holland America Line’s Volendam anchors at Penneshaw, bringing up to 2400 passengers and crew,” Minister Gago said.

“Robe will host its first large cruise ship in the 2012/13 season, while three visits to Port Lincoln are booked.

“The cruise industry is delivering millions of dollars in tourism revenue across the state and I trust visitors will receive a very warm welcome throughout South Australia.”

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