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Time to address cruise capacity in Sydney Harbour

Release Date: 26/05/2016
The Sydney Business Chamber says the annual cruise industry data released by the Cruise Lines International Association Australasia highlights the need for the New South Wales and Federal Governments to address cruise capacity in Sydney Harbour.
“Addressing the current lack of cruise berths east of Sydney Harbour Bridge must be given priority by the NSW and Federal Governments if Sydney is to capitalise on the significant growth in Australia’s cruise industry,” said Patricia Forsythe, Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber.
“The annual cruise industry data published in Cruise Contribution to the Australian Economy 2014-15 shows that the cruise industry is now contributing $3.6 billion to the Australian economy, an 11.6% increase on the previous year.
“Australia’s cruise industry generated more than 2 million visitors days in 2014-15 with the average spend up 3.4%. The combination of more passengers and higher spend means passenger spend is up 12.4% with the biggest increase in shore excursion expenditure and retail.
“NSW is responsible for 67% of the overall economic contribution of Australia’s cruising industry, however this has declined year on year from 73% in 2013. In 2014-15, NSW recorded a 4.2% decline in cruise ship visit days, compared to Queensland which had the biggest increase.
“With cruise ships now increasing in size and fewer ships able to travel west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney’s inability to manage multiple large ships is starting to impact the industry and puts us at risk of losing visitors to other ports but notably to Queensland.
“Sydney is fortunate to have the world’s so-called best deep water port and a port that is highly valued by cruise passengers, so it truly is a missed opportunity that only one large ship can be moored east of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
“Achieving the state’s visitor economy goals requires commitment from government to resolve the issue of berth access. The annual cruise industry data makes it clear that Sydney will not maintain its market share in this vital and growing industry if long-term if infrastructure investment does not occur,” Mrs Forsythe said.
Media contact: Patricia Forsythe 0418 165 466 

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