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Queensland's cruise ship industry

Queensland is more cruisy than ever

Sep 01, 2010

Queensland is more cruisy than ever and there's a good dollar in it for regional areas from Townsville and the Whitsundays south to Brisbane.

Tourism Minister Peter Lawlor says a new report by Cruise Down Under and Tourism Australia shows Queensland's cruise ship industry generated nearly $300 million in 2009-10.

"That's an increase of approximately $45 million on the previous year, (which) also supported approximately 1315 full-time jobs," Mr Lawlor said in a statement.

Queensland ports also welcomed an extra 50,000 passengers last financial year, with the yearly figure hitting 300,317.

In the Whitsundays, Hamilton Island went from no cruise ship visits in 2008-09 to eight in the past financial year.

Local Member Jan Jarratt said the industry added $7.4 million to the Mackay/Whitsundays and Hamilton Island economy.

"That's the equivalent of 75 full-time jobs," she said.

Member for Cairns Desley Boyle said that in her region, cruise ship visits value-added $12.1 million to the economy and supported the equivalent of 123 full-time jobs.

Mr Lawlor said Townsville was boosted by just under $2 million while the value to Brisbane was more than $114 million, with Brisbane and Cairns expected to record strong increases over the next year as cruise ship visits to Australia increase.

Queensland is more cruisy than ever
Cruise ship Orion docked at Brisbane / Image via

Source: AAP

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