Retail Trading Hours Relaxed For Cruise Ship Arrivals

Retail Trading Hours Relaxed For Cruise Ship Arrivals

Western Australia Minister for Commerce Simon O’Brien

Cruise Passengers Can Shop In Albany On Sunday

Victor P Taffa

Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien has approved two Sunday retail trading days so that all Albany shops can take advantage of upcoming cruise ship arrivals.

Mr. O’Brien has granted a special exemption to allow general retail shops to trade from 9 am to 6 pm on Sunday September 25 and Sunday October 30 to coincide with the arrival in Albany port of the cruise ships, Dawn Princess and Pacific Sun.

“All retailers in Albany can now take full advantage of the potential trade from cruise ship passengers.” Mr. O’Brien said.

Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO Graham Harvey welcomed the Minister’s approval of extended retail trading hours.

“The special Sunday trading days are very much appreciated by the retail and tourism operators in Albany. They have previously found that being able to trade while the cruise ships are in town is very profitable.” Mr. Harvey said.

“Having the shops open creates a vibrant atmosphere for the passengers and helps to make Albany one of the more popular Australian ports for cruise ship stopovers.”

Mr. O’Brien said the State Government was committed to supporting small business and was pleased to assist by removing a barrier preventing local retailers from maximising opportunities to increase their business.

Fact File:

  • In July this year, the State Government announced general retail stores in the Perth Special Trading Precinct would open until 9 pm on the Queen’s Birthday holiday, Friday October 28
  • The Dawn Princess and Pacific Sun are regular visitors to Albany