New South Wales Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Andrew Stoner, announced that Sydney-based consulting company MI Associates will work with Destination NSW to produce a 10-year Cruise Development Plan.
Stoner’s announcement comes hot on the heels of the release of CLIA Australasia’s 2013 Australian Cruise Industry Report that showed Australia is now ranked No. 1 in the world for market growth and penetration.
‘The Cruise Development Plan will help NSW plan for the forecast growth in cruise ship calls and passenger numbers and to capitalise on opportunities to grow our state’s overnight visitor expenditure,’ he said.
‘The plan will complement the NSW government’s investment in regional tourism through the new A$110m Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund by investigating capacity and infrastructure on the north and south coasts.
‘This project will deliver on the government’s long-term commitment to ensure NSW has the capacity requirements, including port infrastructure, stevedoring and ground touring arrangements in place to meet the forecast growth in cruise ships and passenger numbers over the next 10 years.’
Stoner said MI Associates will partner with ICF GHK in the plan’s development. ICF GHK has completed a number of cruise-related assignments in the Asia-Pacific region, including the Hong Kong Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Economic Assessment.
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