Cruise ship boom continues in South Australia

06 October 2016

Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Tourism

New figures show last season’s cruise ship industry injected a record-breaking $26.9 million into the State’s visitor economy– up $10.8 million from the previous year.

South Australia’s cruise industry is continuing to grow at a record pace with 52 visits to South Australia ports this coming season, and no shows of slowing down as it steams past the State Government’s 2020 target – three years early.

The 2015-16 season welcomed 37 cruise ship visits to South Australian ports and anchorages with 80,241 passengers and crew.

The passenger and crew capacity on visiting cruise ships to South Australian ports will continue to surge in the 2016-17 season, with the overall capacity reaching 112,048 – up from 89,468 in 2014-15.


This coming season, commencing next month, South Australia will welcome 28 cruise ships into Adelaide, 19 in Kangaroo Island and five in Port Lincoln.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell
Although the State Government anticipated South Australia would experience growth in the cruise industry, we are astonished by the demand for cruise travel to our region, exceeding our 2020 target three years early.

The impact of cruise ships on the visitor economy is huge at a record $26.9 million. Cruise ship visits to Adelaide have the biggest impact of $23.4 million, closely followed by Kangaroo Island at $2.1 million and Port Lincoln at $1.4 million.

South Australia is a popular cruise destination with a record 52 cruise ship visits expected this season, welcoming international and domestic passengers to our State, visiting the Port Adelaide Passenger Terminal (Adelaide), Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln.

International visitors to South Australia is at an all-time high, with recent figures showing the State attracted a record 422,000 international guests in the year ending June 2016 – a 9.5 per cent increase from the previous year. These visitors spent a record $944 million.

The State Government has invested $70 million over two years in tourism funding to market South Australian nationally and internationally and attract major events. This is in addition toinvestigations exploring port and anchorage options for use by cruise ships at Ceduna, Wallaroo, Victor Harbour and islands around the Eyre Peninsula.

The South Australian visitor economy is currently at a record $5.95 billion and we are working to grow this to $8 billion by 2020.

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