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Cruise tourism

Cruise is one of Queensland's tourism success stories, generating $498 million in direct expenditure from a total of 520 cruise ship days bringing in 864,000 passengers and crew.*

There was significant growth in the Australian cruise industry in 2017/18 with passenger and crew visit days increasing by 16.5% on the year prior. Queensland continues to be Australia's second-largest cruise shipping market, according to data from the Cruise Lines International Association and the Australian Cruise Association.

The cruise industry provides an economic boost to Brisbane and coastal Queensland, in particular Far North Queensland (including Cairns, Port Douglas and Thursday Island), the Whitsundays, Fraser Coast and Townsville. Queensland boasts 13 cruise destinations, the largest number of cruise destinations in Australia.

This guide provides an overview of cruise tourism in Queensland and highlights ways that businesses can take advantage of this market.

*Cruise Lines International Association / Australian Cruise Association, 2017-18, Economic Impact Assessment of Cruise Tourism in Australia.


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