Cruising Standout Success
CRUISING CONFIRMS ITS PLACE AS THE STANDOUT SUCCESS OF AUSTRALIAN TOURISM Carnival Australia welcomed new industry statistics that confirm cruising remains the standout success of Australian tourism with a 34 per cent increase in cruise passenger numbers in 2011. Ann Sherry, CEO of Carnival Australia, said Australians have also emphatically confirmed their continued confidence in cruising as a great holiday choice.
In 2011, 623,294 Australians took a cruise holiday – nearly 160,000 more than in 2010 — maintaining seven years of consecutive double digit growth, according to figures released today by the International Cruise Council Australasia (ICCA). ”We have merely scratched the surface of the Australian cruise industry’s growth potential. “As we have seen recently with P&O Cruises’ announcement of new itineraries to Papua New Guinea, Australians are eager to experience the idyllic destinations and fascinating cultures of our region and cruising is a perfect way to do it.” Ms Sherry said cruising contributed $830 million in added value to the Australian economy in 2010-2011 — an increase of 44 per cent since an earlier study for 2007-2008.
“We share the view of passengers that arriving and departing from Sydney Harbour is an integral feature of the cruise experience. ”A three berth solution with White Bay, the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay and shared use of Garden Island on an ad hoc basis during peak cruise periods, is still the best option for Sydney,” Ms Sherry said. Carnival Australia looked forward to further discussions with the Federal Government and the NSW Government to resolve Sydney’s port infrastructure issues including shared use of Garden Island. PHOTOS: Ann Sherry speaking at ICCA lunc, Ann Sherry, John Pond with Teresia Fors MD Viking River Cruises. www.johnpond.com johnpondworld.com undercoverdiners.me Travel & Lifestyle with Sandra T.