Record number of cruise ships to visit South Australia

19 May 2016

Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Tourism

South Australia will welcome 52 cruise ships to our ports next season – exceeding the State Government’s 2020 target three years early.

The State Government’s 2020 target is 43 cruise ships to visit our state, injecting $17 million into our visitor economy.

Next year 28 cruise ships will arrive in Adelaide, 19 in Kangaroo Island and five in Port Lincoln.

Today is also the final day of the 2015/16 season and the Sea Princess will cruise into Port Adelaide. The Sea Princess has a capacity of 2016 passengers and more than 900 crew.

Overall, 37 cruise ships visited South Australian ports in the 2015/16 season – 23 in Port Adelaide, four in Port Lincoln and 10 on Kangaroo Island - with a total capacity of 89,468 passengers and crew.

Throughout the season some of the largest ships in Australian waters visited South Australia - including maiden visits by the Explorer of the Seas in Adelaide and the Queen Victoria on Kangaroo Island.

Another highlight and first for South Australia was the P&O Cruises Pacific Eden departing from Adelaide. The 1500 passenger ship offered six itineraries from Adelaide over a period of two weeks, including visits to Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln. About 14,000 passengers stepped foot through the Port Adelaide Passenger Terminal throughout this time and injected up to $8 million into the state’s economy.

The full economic impact of the 2015/16 cruise ship season in South Australia will be announced in September 2016 in the AECgroup Economic Impact Assessment of the Cruise Industry in Australia 2015/16.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell
Our success in the cruise ship industry grows from strength to strength each year and it is fantastic to see these record results for our state.

The fact that we are breaking the 2020 target three years early is outstanding and is testament to the work the State Government is doing to attract more visitors and create a larger demand for South Australia.

In the State Government’s 2015/16 budget, $35 million was committed over two years to drive visitation to South Australia with $14 million committed to promoting the state internationally and $6 million to promoting the state nationally.

International visitors to South Australia are currently at an all-time high with 408,000 visitors to the state to the year ending December 2015. Importantly, these visitors spent a record $897 million whilst here.

South Australia has so much to offer to all visitors and it is fantastic cruise ship companies are getting on board and matching the demand for cruise ship visits in South Australia, increasing the number of visits by 15 ships for next season.

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