Cruise tourism

The 'Economic impact assessment of the cruise shipping industry in Australia 2014-15' report, prepared by the AEC Group for the Australian Cruise Association (formerly Cruise Down Under), revealed Australian cruise industry passenger numbers exceeded 1 million in a calendar year for the first time, an increase of 20.4% on the previous year.

Queensland continues to be Australia's second-largest cruise shipping market, accounting for 23.6% of the total number of cruise passengers in 2014, generating $444.85 million in direct expenditure for Queensland from a total of 275 port visits and 645,942 passenger days at port.

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.

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


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