Adelaide welcomes Explorer of the Seas

17 November 2015

Minister Leon Bignell
Minister for Tourism

The largest ship to visit Australia this season - Explorer of the Seas - has arrived in Port
Adelaide overnight.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the 15 storey vessel, which weighs 138,000 tonnes, is
carrying more than 4400 passengers and crew.

“The arrival of this amazing ship to Adelaide is an indication of the reputation our ports are
building in the cruise industry,” Mr Bignell said.

“This season there are 38 scheduled cruise ship visits to South Australian ports - six more than
last season.

“The 2014/15 season generated more than $16.1 million for our visitor economy.

“Of the 38 scheduled visits, 23 will visit Adelaide, 10 will visit Kangaroo Island, four will visit
Port Lincoln and one will visit Robe as the first cruise ship visit for the town, following a
cancellation last year due to bad weather.”

As well as Explorer of the Seas, Pacific Eden and the Queen Elizabeth are also scheduled to
all make their maiden voyages to South Australia.

“The 38 cruise ship visits to South Australian ports for the 2015/16 season have a total
capacity of 88,693 passengers and crew. Last season, we welcomed 66,817 passengers and

“The State Government has been working with domestic and international cruise lines and
developing the South Australian cruise industry for more than a decade.

“Our target is 43 cruise ship visits to South Australian ports, generating an estimated $17
million for the visitor economy, by 2020.”

Explorer of the Seas will tour western and southern Australia, making maiden port stops at
Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and in New Zealand.

In this year's Budget, the State Government committed an additional $35 million to market
South Australia nationally and internationally and to attract major events and conferences.

“The visitor economy is worth $5.4 billion to our state and tourism employs 32,000 people. Our
goal is for it to reach $8 billion by 2020 and to create an extra 9000 jobs.”

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