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Cruise tourism opportunities

Cruising is one of the fastest-growing sectors in Queensland's inbound and outbound tourism industry. The strong growth of the cruise shipping industry can significantly benefit Queensland's economy.

An increase in cruise tourists visiting Queensland gives businesses an opportunity to attract new customers, generate positive word-of-mouth, and increase sales. By working together with other tourism operators, local government and their community in regional planning, development and marketing initiatives, businesses can take advantage of cruise tourism in their region.

There are many strategies businesses can use to take advantage of cruise tourists who stop over in their town. These include:

The Queensland Government identifies cruise tourism as a priority market segment for development.

Queensland can position itself strongly by offering unique and compelling itineraries that differentiate Queensland from other cruise destinations, including opportunities for:

  • nature-based ecotourism and Indigenous tourism
  • building more Queensland land-based products into shore excursion programs and pre-tour and post-tour itineraries.

Future demand for cruise shipping

Long-term growth prospects for the industry are positive. Three significant infrastructure projects are currently underway in Queensland to support the ongoing growth of the cruise market along the Queensland coast.

  • Port of Brisbane has received approval from the Queensland Government for the $158 million Brisbane International Cruise Terminal at Luggage Point, at the mouth of the Brisbane River.
  • Port of Townsville is undertaking a significant port expansion project that includes channel works and berth construction in 3 stages.
  • Ports North is undertaking the Cairns Shipping Development Project which includes widening and deepening of Trinity Inlet to allow cruise ships of up to 300m in length.

Also consider...

  • Find out about the Australian Cruise Association, the peak cruise industry association dedicated to making the Australia-Pacific region a world-class base and destination for cruise vessels.


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