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Destination NSW joins CLIA Australasia

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NSW Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres said Sydney is the gateway port to Australia
Australia’s gateway port of Sydney and regional ports in New South Wales, including Eden, Newcastle and Port Kembla, are now under the CLIA Australasia umbrella.

This follows the NSW government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW joining CLIA Australasia as an executive partner.

Nearly a third of Australia's cruise calls

New South Wales had 371 cruise ship visits in 2017/18, almost a third of the national total.

‘The international cruise industry makes an economic contribution worth more than A$2.7 billion a year to NSW, thanks in part to Sydney’s standing as one of the world’s most desirable cruise ports,’ CLIA Australasia & Asia MD Joel Katz said.

‘In recent years cruise lines have also expanded into other destinations, including the Hunter, the Illawarra and the South Coast where some of Australia’s most successful regional ports are gaining attention,’ Katz said.

‘It is a great pleasure to welcome Destination NSW to CLIA at a time when the state is making important steps towards increasing the tourism benefits of cruising.’

Nine cruise ports

NSW Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres said the state has nine cruise ports that offer striking natural beauty and unique experiences for all visitors.

‘Sydney continues to be Australia’s cruise gateway and one of the world’s most beautiful destinations, with its iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and pristine beaches,’ Ayres said.