Tasmania Premier Will Hodgman
Cruise Ship Strategy A Blueprint To Deliver Sustainable Growth Across The State
Victor P Taffa
Cruise ships are an important contributor to Tasmania’s visitor economy, injecting $30.5 Million into the state last year, Premier Will Hodgman said.
Sustainable Cruise Blueprint, released today, outlines our plan to grow this to $50 Million by 2022, by encouraging smaller, expedition vessels to visit our regional ports.
Blueprint will ensure the benefits of cruise ships are shared by even more Tasmanians and supports our plan for visitors to stay longer and spend more time in regional areas.
Cruise ships are a significant part of our growing visitor economy and we are working with the cruise industry to ensure growth is sustainable and well managed.
Importantly, we have demonstrated strong leadership by securing a voluntary agreement from cruise operators not to enter Wineglass Bay and we have worked with TasPorts to ensure there are no more than two large cruise ships in Hobart at a time.
We are working with cruise lines to achieve the following goals by 2022:
- Raise the number of passengers participating in tours from 40-50 %;
- Introduce turn-around visits for small ships and partial turn-arounds for large ships to 5 calls per summer;
- Encourage greater visitation to places like Beauty Point, Port Arthur and the East Coast.
“We know cruise passengers are more likely to become repeat visitors and the Blueprint aims to increase the number of cruise visitors returning to our state from the current 10,960 to 15,000.” Premier Hodgman said.
This Blueprint will guide our immediate actions over the next 3 years, while a longer-term outlook for the cruise sector will form part of the planning that is underway for our new Visitor Economy Strategy.