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Cruise tourism restart workshops around Australia

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Jill Abel conducts the first workshop in Cairns this week
The Australian Cruise Association joined forces with Cruise Lines International Association Australasia and Tourism Australia to hold workshops in key destinations around the country in preparation for cruising's restart.

Launching in Cairns this week, the roadshow will continue to Townsville, Airlie Beach, Gladstone and Brisbane and will roll out to other states and territories as borders reopen and positive discussions continue with state governments.

Building a framework

‘With positive commentary coming from federal and state governments around welcoming cruise ships back to Australia, we believe it is the right time to hold these discussions with industry to start building a planning framework to support a successful resumption,’ Jill Abel, CEO of the ACA, said.

‘We are fortunate to have successful models to draw from with regard to the strict health protocols being followed internationally given around 70% of the CLIA fleet is now operating in 82 countries, which translates to approximately 2,500 sailings since July 2020 carrying almost four million passengers,’ Abel said.

She said state and regional tourism, port authority and cruise line representatives will present at each workshop and will be on hand to take questions from local industry representatives.

60- to 90-day delay

She said once the Australian government gives the green light to restart, it will be at least 60 to 90 days before cruise ships begin arriving back into local waters in a phased manner.

‘It is our hope that these workshops will play a critical role in helping operators plan for an effective re-start,’ she said.

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