Maiden voyage for Queen Mary 2 to Kangaroo Island

20 February 2017

Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Tourism

Kangaroo Island's population of 4500 will almost double today as South Australia's booming tourism industry delivers another huge boost for the island.

The largest ever cruise ship to visit Kangaroo Island will anchor off Penneshaw today with up to 4300 passengers and crew onboard.

Queen Mary 2 is one of 17 cruise ships scheduled to visit Kangaroo Island this season, bringing significant economic benefits to businesses and the region.

The luxury 150,000-tonne ocean liner has a capacity of 3090 passengers and 1238 crew - making it the highest number of cruise passengers to arrive in the region.

This is the Queen Mary 2’s maiden voyage to Kangaroo Island and follows a day-stop in Adelaide on Thursday.

A record 50 cruise ship visits are expected to visit South Australia during the 2016/17 season, welcoming international and domestic passengers to our State, visiting the Port Adelaide Passenger Terminal (Adelaide), Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln.

The 2015/16 season welcomed 37 cruise ships, generating a record $26.9 million in direct expenditure to the South Australian economy.

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International travellers are increasingly putting Kangaroo Island on their travel wish-lists and cruise ships are responding by adding Penneshaw to their list of ports to visit.

More than a thousand passengers have booked shore excursions and will visit local businesses as they explore the beauty of Kangaroo Island. Others will come ashore and have a taste of Kangaroo Island at the Penneshaw markets.

I'd like to thank all the hard working volunteers and tourism operators who give tourists such an unforgettable experience on beautiful Kangaroo Island.

This cruise season has seen South Australian records smashed again.

Whenever a ship pulls into Adelaide, Kangaroo Island or Port Lincoln, hundreds of thousands of dollars a day is pumped into the local economy and this year it will reach $30 million.

We’ve already attracted renowned cruise ships such as Ovation of the Seas and Queen Mary
2 and the State Government is working hard to attract even more ships here next year.

The visitor economy creates and sustains jobs throughout South Australia and we have had
had the biggest increase in tourism jobs of any Australia State or territory.

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