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Page 5 - Cruising News June 2018
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Australian Demand for Cruising Continues
 ECLIPSE                                                      More Australians than ever are taking to the seas for a holiday,
                                                              with Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia
                                                              revealing that in 2017 the Australian cruise market grew by
                                                              4.4 per cent, equating to almost 6 per cent of the Australian
 THE WORLD’S FIRST DISCOVERY YACHTS TM                        population taking a cruise last year.
                                                              With more than 1.34 million Australians taking an ocean cruise in
                                                              2017, CLIA Australasia Managing Director Joel Katz said cruising
                                                              had now become the quintessential modern Australian holiday.
                                                              According to the industry body’s annual ocean passenger
                                                              Cruise Industry Source Market Report, Australia remains the
                                                              only market in the world to surpass a 4 per cent population
                                                              penetration rate, well ahead of more mature markets.
                                                              Mr Katz said that while the growth wasn’t as dramatic as recent
                                                              years, it was more than two and a half times higher than the
                                                              rate of Australia’s inbound holiday arrivals growth rate of 1.7%.
                                                              “This growth rate puts Australia on par with the world’s largest
       Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey, President of Carnival   cruise market, the USA, which experienced growth of 4.7 per
       Australia and P&O Cruises Australia, Sture Myrmell, PBPL Chief Executive   cent, and was well ahead of more established cruise markets
       Officer Roy Cummins and local member Joan Pease.       such as Europe (up 2.5 per cent), and the UK and Ireland (up 0.5
                                                              per cent). With demand for cruising as high as ever, there is still
       New Cruise Terminal Is Now Full Steam Ahead            so much potential. The best way to future-proof cruise tourism
       A new international cruise terminal will be operating in Brisbane   in Australia is to resolve infrastructure constraints and ensure
       within two years after Port of Brisbane and Carnival Australia   the right regulatory settings to allow more cruising to Australian
       announced they had reached a commercial agreement. The   ports. As long as we can solve the lack of cruise infrastructure
       Brisbane International Cruise Terminal (BICT) at Luggage Point   development in Sydney and across the region, we’ll see further
       will be operating by mid-2020 and is expected to generate   increases in passenger numbers,” Mr Katz said. “As cruise
       almost $5 billion in economic value for the Queensland   continues to grow in popularity, more cruise lines will base
       economy alone within 15 years.                         more ships down under and the number of homeports and
       The amended commercial agreement between Port of       itineraries will only grow. With the equivalent of almost 1 in every
       Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) and Carnival Australia follows the   18 Australians cruising last year, Australians are overwhelmingly
       Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC)   choosing a cruise as their holiday of choice and they’re coming
       conditional approval of the project in May 2018. Both PBPL   back time and time again”.
 Scenic Eclipse, Antarctica  and Carnival Australia had been considering the commercial   The report also revealed that Australians still spend most of
                                                              their time cruising local waters with the South Pacific (35 per
       implications of the ACCC’s conditions and have agreed a way
 Buenos  forward in the best interests of the cruise industry, Queensland   cent) and Australia (34 per cent) accounting for the most
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       tourism and the state’s economy.                       cruise passengers. Mr Katz said one of the great success stories
 Antarctica in Depth  Ushuaia  Argentina  “The decision means Port of Brisbane will now get on with   of the booming cruise industry was seeing valuable cruise
                                                              dollars spread right around Australia’s vast coastline. “With
       the job of building the terminal, which is a key plank of
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  Passage  Queensland’s tourism growth story,” PBPL Chief Executive   about one third of Australian cruise passengers embarking on
       Officer Roy Cummins said. “The agreement with Carnival   an Australian itinerary in 2017, regional economies continued
 11    Australia gives us commercial certainty to construct the BICT,   to reap the benefits of cruise tourism. As long as infrastructure
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               and we thank them for their ongoing support. This is also good   and regulatory policy allows, we will increasingly see vessels
                                                              homeporting outside of Sydney in cities including Brisbane,
 Antarctic Peninsula   news for the cruise industry as a whole, which will benefit   Melbourne, Fremantle and Adelaide, and visiting regional ports
 Remote, pristine and indescribably beautiful, Antarctica is unlike any other   Lemaire Channel  from access to a world-class terminal facility. Cementing this   such as Broome, Eden, Geraldton and Gladstone, to cater to
 place on earth. Filled with vast icescapes, mountains that have never felt human   Antarctic Circle  101S  partnership means we can avoid delays and maintain our   this demand,” Mr Katz said.
       construction timeline which – weather permitting – targets
 footfall, and an abundance of unique wildlife, this great white wonder of the   completion in second quarter 2020.”  “Australia needs to develop appropriate infrastructure and
 south will literally take your breath away.   President of Carnival Australia and P&O Cruises Australia, Sture   policy to ensure the growth potential here is fully realised. With
       Myrmell, said the new terminal was a ‘win-win’ for cruising as   the popularity of cruising booming in Asia, and specifically in
 Experience Antarctica in depth on board the unsurpassed, 6-star luxury of   well as the Queensland economy. “It means Brisbane can take   China, and regional Asian governments developing berthing
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 wonders while exploring via Zodiac, kayak, helicopter ^  and submarine .  most iconic cruise lines with ships too large to use existing   behind,” Mr Katz noted.
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       facilities at Portside,” Mr Myrmell said. “The terminal will be   Other key findings of the 2017 Ocean Passenger Cruise Industry
 With only 200 guests on board, your all-inclusive experience lets you enjoy access   a major piece of national infrastructure and the single most   Source Market Report include:
 to the broadest range of landing sites, exploring the most accessible and wildlife   important investment in cruise tourism in Queensland in 12
 rich region of Antarctica and taking discovery excursions for close encounters with   years.”  •   Australasia accounted for 5.4 per cent of global cruise
                                                                passenger numbers and as a region with a comparatively
 unforgettable species. Glide on kayaks through sheltered waterways, visit historic   Deluxe Verandah Suite  Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the   small population, is punching well above its weight in the
 research huts and working scientifi c stations, be awed by massive icebergs and   announcement was welcome news for industry across   cruise stakes.
 ancient glaciers.    Queensland. “The Brisbane International Cruise Terminal   •   Asia remained the most popular long-haul fly-cruise
       will support an average of 245 jobs a year over its two-year
 You can do it all with Scenic Eclipse, the World’s First Discovery Yachts.  construction period, and adds 49 operational jobs on average   destination for Australian cruisers accounting for 7.3 per cent
                                                                of travellers, followed by the Mediterranean (4.6 per cent)
       each year over the next 20 years. This project safeguards
       Brisbane’s role as an important cruise ship port, ensuring we   and Alaska (2.8 per cent).
 Book now to secure your Deluxe Verandah Suite from $16,495*pp  keep the existing 1,250 jobs related to the industry in Brisbane.”   •   The youngest average age demographic for Australian
       he said.                                                 cruisers (44 years-old) was found on South Pacific and
 2018  Carnival Australia has entered into a long-term agreement   Caribbean cruises, while the oldest average age (67 years-
                                                                old) was found on longer expedition itineraries.
       with Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd committing to purchase a
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