Anchors away! Cruise industry to set sail.

15 Mar 2022 |

Cruise operators have received the greenlight to resume their operations from April 17 following an announcement from the Federal Government today.

“Lifting the ban on international cruises is a critical step that will not only benefit the cruise industry and its employees, but also thousands of tourism businesses that rely on these travellers who are keen to get back on board and enjoy a cruise,” ACCI chief executive Andrew McKellar said.

“While a restart to the cruise industry takes months of planning, with staffing, catering and ship storage all to be considered, a firm restart date means that the cruise industry can finally begin to recover.

“The economic impact of cruising is significant, with the industry bringing key tourism dollars to regional and remote communities, while also benefiting the accommodation, hospitality and retail sectors,” John Hart, executive chair of Australian Chamber – Tourism said.

Prior to the pandemic, the cruise sector contributed $5.2 billion to the Australian economy, supporting more than 18,000 jobs.

“Australian Chamber – Tourism is buoyed by indications that the eastern states have been working positively with industry to develop appropriate guidelines and progress a resumption in cruising”, Mr Hart added.

“With extensive preparation still needed, it is vital that state and territory governments continue to work constructively with the cruise industry to ensure the benefits of cruising can extend to all.

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