Another record cruise season for South Australia ends this Friday (March 30), with the departure of the Sea Princess at the Port Adelaide Passenger Terminal, Outer Harbor marking the 65th cruise ship visit this season.
The season injected millions of dollars into the state’s economy, having experienced a 24 per cent increase in cruise ship growth from last year – up 16 visits with a capacity of 159,513 passengers and crew.
In the upcoming 2018/19 cruise ship season, commencing this October, momentum is expected to continue - with 86 visits scheduled to South Australia, across Adelaide, Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln.
South Australian Tourism Commission, Chief Executive, Rodney Harrex said six consecutive record-breaking cruise seasons are no coincidence.
“It comes at a time where South Australia has gained strong brand momentum – this has been complemented by investment in facility upgrades at the Port Adelaide Passenger Terminal and regional infrastructure projects, including the Penneshaw tender pontoon enabling significant regional growth in cruise ship visitation, and continued work with new and existing industry partners,” Mr Harrex said.
“We achieved a major milestone this season, securing SA’s first international round trip voyage which heralded opportunities for us across the Tasman and next season we will continue to grow international connections with voyages to New Zealand, Fiji and South Africa.
“Tourism is important for our regional economies, making it critical that we continue to attract a growing share of the global cruise market.
“All over SA, our operators and businesses at the coalface of tourism are helping showcase the best of South Australia and treating our guests to unforgettable experiences – this is helping keep the ships and visitors coming."
The economic impact results from the 2017/18 season will be released later this year. Last season (2016/17) we welcomed 49 cruise ship visits statewide which contributed an estimated $98.5 million to our state economy.