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Australian Cruise Association toasts 2023 comeback

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From left, ACA CEO Jill Abel, Philip Holliday and Debbie Summers, New Zealand Cruise Association's deputy chair and Andrew McKinnon, South Australia’s senior manager, cruise, who will host ACA 2024
Capt. Philip Holliday, CEO of the Port Authority of New South Wales and chairman of the Australian Cruise Association, hosted the organisation’s first Christmas event since 2018 on Wednesday night.

It took place in his waterfront office overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Holliday told guests from around Australia and New Zealand it was a time to put competitiveness aside and celebrate the success of cruising’s comeback since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Workshops and familiarisation trips

He said the ACA has been holding workshops around the country to make sure ports were ready to receive the new arrival of cruise ships.

He said it also has been busy organising familiarisation trips to Australia’s tourist attractions for cruise line decision-makers.

Economic report

Holliday said a major commitment had been commissioning the Economic Impact Assessment in conjunction with Cruise Lines International Association Australasia, which found the cruise industry injected a record A$5.63b into the economy during the 2022/23 financial year.

Seatrade Cruise Global

He also said ACA’s attendance at Seatrade Cruise Global every year has been vital in connecting with decision-makers.

He wished everyone continued success in 2024.