South Australia’s highly successful cruise ship season wraps up today, with a visit by the Dawn Princess to Adelaide.
Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said it’s the 28th cruise ship to arrive in South Australia during 2013/14.
“It’s estimated a record 64,900 passengers and crew came to our shores, generating $14 million in direct expenditure for our State,” Mr Bignell said.
“Next year is shaping up to be even more successful – in 2014/15 we are expecting 36 cruise ship visits carrying about 94,000 passengers and crew, generating an expected visitor expenditure of $17 million.
“This is fantastic for tourism and benefits the entire State. Tourism is worth $5 billion to the South Australian economy each year and results like this will help us to increase that to $8 billion by 2020.”
This season South Australia saw some of the largest ships operating in Australian waters: the Celebrity Solstice, the Voyager of the Seas and the return of the Queen Mary 2 for the 5th consecutive year.
We also received two ships from Holland America Cruise Line’s fleet, the Amsterdam and the Volendam.
The Volendam stayed overnight, offering passengers two full days touring from Adelaide. Both also visited regional ports of Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln.
The number and size of ships, the number of passengers onboard and the number of international cruise brands visiting South Australia all continues to grow as we welcome business from world leading brands including Princess, Holland America, Seabourn, Silverseas, Royal Carribean, P&O World & P&O Australia, Phoenix Reisen, Hapag-Lloyd, Cunard and Celebrity Cruises.
“From a tourism perspective, we are committed to ensuring that we offer and deliver the best South Australia has to offer for all cruise passengers,” Mr Bignell said.
“I’m thrilled that more ships and passengers are coming not just to Adelaide but into our beautiful regions as well.
“South Australia has so much to offer and it’s wonderful that we are expanding opportunities for tourists to reach our unique and breathtaking destinations.
“The South Australian Tourism Commission works closely with all cruise lines to attract more cruise ship visits, and we are focussed on our goal of attracting 43 cruise ship visits per annum to South Australia by 2020.”