South Australia to boost cruising
South Australia may offer the least cruising opportunities in Australia, but this coastal state is primed for 20% more ships next season.
The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) aims to double the number of cruise ship arrivals by 2020, starting with a modest increase in the 2012/13 summer season. Leah Clarke, SATC's Senior Business Manager has said that South Australian ports will welcome 25 arrivals during the upcoming summer season, up from 21 in 2011/12.
"Our long-term goal is to reach 43 cruise ship arrivals by 2020 and we are on track to achieve that," she said. "Importantly, South Australia is attracting not only more cruise ship arrivals, but also visits from much larger ships carrying more passengers."
Highlights in 2012/13 are set to include Royal Caribbean's megaliner Voyager of the Seas visiting Adelaide twice, and Holland America's Volendam and Classic International Cruises' Athena visiting all four SA ports.
Increasing regional dispersal of cruise ships is a major goal of the SATC, Clarke said. "Regional ports had zero large cruise ship arrivals five years ago, and in 2012/13 there will be seven cruise ship arrivals at the regional South Australian ports of Kangaroo Island, Port Lincoln and Robe."
The increases are part of SATC's Southern Ocean Cruising strategy to put the state on the map as a cruise destination. "We are constantly in touch with the cruise ship companies to ensure they are catered for when they visit our state - if cruise ship companies aren't happy with a destination, they won't return," Clarke said.
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Source: Cruise Weekly, Tuesday 5 June 2012.