Cruising Good for Australian Economy, Says Study

August 31, 2012
(12:20 p.m. EDT) -- With so many cruise lines sending ships to Australia, it's no surprise that the industry is growing and benefitting the Australian economy. A study on the economic impact of cruise shipping in Australia during 2011-2012 was released yesterday at the Cruise Down Under Conference, and it shows that both domestic and international cruising has become a AUD$2 billion industry in Australia.

According to a press release, the Australian cruise industry grew 30 percent in 2011-12 over the preceding year, outperforming other tourism sectors. The growth is attributed to an increase in ship visits to major cities such as Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Fremantle, with a total increase from 573 ship visits in 2010-2011 to 736 last year.

And, yes, all those purchases of koala keychains, decorative boomerangs and pints of VB do add up. The study reports the following big numbers:

  • An increase in total passenger expenditure from AUD$303 million to AUD$443 million
  • An increase in total crew expenditure from AUD$43 million to AUD$60 million
  • An increase in total port-related expenditure from AUD$440 million to AUD$733 million

    And the biggest numbers of all? "The study revealed total expenditure by the international cruise shipping industry in Australia in 2011-12 was estimated at AUD$1.77 billion compared to AUD$1.1 billion in 2010-11," says Chris White, chairman of Cruise Down Under, in the press release. "In addition to the international expenditureā€¦ when domestic passenger spending is added back into the economic effects, the total expenditure grows to AUD$2.4 billion."

    --by Erica Silverstein, Features Editor
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