Australia's leading cruise operator Carnival Australia and major
contributor to Tasmania's surge in cruise tourism today praised the state's
cruise guides for their grassroots understanding of the sector's benefits for
the local economy.
Cruise ship guides who regularly welcome visitors to Tasmania's popular
ports rejected recent criticism of cruise tourism and pointed to its benefits
for hundreds of small businesses.
"The guides are eloquent in their support of cruise tourism and confirm
that their grassroots perspective gives them a far greater understanding that
the economic benefits of cruising are very real," said Carnival Australia
corporate affairs manager David Jones.
"Their intuitively positive view of cruise tourism is confirmed in the
most recent study that showed cruising's total economic output in Tasmania
surged by 32 per cent in 2015-16 to $60 million.
"Tasmania's visitor economy is also seeing the impact of a 42 per cent
increase last year alone in the number of passengers sailing on Australian
domestic cruises with a significant number of these itineraries featuring
"It would be very disappointing if an outdated view of cruising was
allowed to overwhelm the positive contribution of a sector that over the past
decade has been transformed, revitalised and represents a broad demographic
A snapshot of cruise tourism in Tasmania includes the following:
industry economic activity increased 32.4 per cent from 2014-15 to 2015-16
rising from $45 million to $60 million.
2016, 12 per cent of all visitors to Tasmania travelled by sea, an
increase of 11 per cent on the previous year.
year, cruise ships made 59 calls to Tasmanian destinations with around
114,000 passengers and 49,000 crew on board.
bookings show that cruise ships will make 76 calls to Hobart and 23 calls
to Burnie next year.
David Jones 02 8424 8861