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Cruising contributes A$4.58bn to Australian economy

PHOTO: Helen Hutcheon
CLIA Australasia deputy chairman, Ponant Asia Pacific chairman Sarina Bratton, with Steve Odell, left, and CLIA Australasia's new md Joel Katz
The contribution of cruising to the Australian economy grew 27% in  2015-16 to a record A$4.58bn.

CLIA Australasia announced the findings of its third report on the contribution of cruising undertaken by independent business research organisation, Business Research & Economic Advisors (BREA), on board Explorer of the Seas in Sydney Wednesday.

The report showed a 17% increase in passenger and crew visit days, which exceeded 2.8m cruise visit days.

Almost 150,000 inbound international visitors to Australia spent around A$158m.

There was an 18% increase in direct passenger expenditure in Australian port cities reaching A$959m and a 23% increase in cruise  
line expenditure exceeded A$1.3bn. Indirect and induced expenditure added a further A$2.27bn to the industry’s output.

The cruise industry directly and indirectly employed 18,700, an increase of 23% on the previous year.

CLIA Australasia’s chairman, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ svp & md Asia Pacific Steve Odell, said that while New South Wales remained the dominant cruise State, accounting for 63% of the industry’s economic contribution, its share declined from 68% in 2014-15.

Other States, particularly Queensland, have benefitted as a result of a shift to regional Australia.

Odell said the moves highlight the capacity constraints in Sydney where port infrastructure to accommodate bigger vessels is urgently  
needed.

He said there is a massive future for Australia, including seasonal deployment for Asian-based ships during the northern winter.