Charting a course for cruise shipping in Tasmania

Will Hodgman, Premier & Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Events.

Tourism is a key driver of economic growth and job creation across Tasmania and the Cruise Market Update and Regional Ports Review, released today, demonstrates the opportunities and benefits of cruise ship visits.

Cruise ships are a significant contributor to our economy. Last year, passengers and crew spent $34.5 million with the state’s tourism operators, retailers and hospitality sector.

There are significant opportunities to target more expedition vessel and smaller cruise ship visits to Tasmania.

We want to encourage visitors to spend more time in Tasmania before or after their cruise, by encouraging cruise ship operators to make Hobart a start or end point for their itineraries.

Burnie, Hobart and Port Arthur are able to accommodate further growth in large cruise ship visits and we will ensure visits are spread across the season and additional shore-based activities are developed to further disperse people.

The Government will also:

  • Work with cruise operators to increase the number of Tasmanian ports included on cruise line itineraries.
  • Look at how to attract more boutique international vessels with quality niche tours that get visitors out to our regions.
  • Investigate the potential for a fourth main port to be established at Beauty Point, and
  • Consider innovative ways to increase the amount of specialty Tasmanian products on board cruise ships.

Importantly, the Government is taking action to limit cruise ships entering Wineglass Bay, in recognition of the impact on the scenic amenity and consequential impact on the visitor experience. We have already gained a commitment from cruise companies for no additional bookings.

24 October 2018