Tasmanian Cruise Ship Tourism Report

The Tasmanian Cruise Market Update and Regional Ports Review 2017-18 was released on 24th of October

Tasmanian Cruise Ship Tourism Report

The State Government Access Working Group undertook this review to inform future policy and activity by government, cruise and tourism industry stakeholders. The review is also aimed at helping Tasmania’s cruise destinations to deliver quality experiences to passengers and maximise economic benefit to their communities while maintaining amenity for other visitors and residents.

The key findings of the report include:

  • Last year cruise passengers and crew spent $34.5 million in the state with tourism operators, retailers and the hospitality sector benefiting from increased cruise visitation.
  • The main ports of Hobart, Burnie and the anchorage of Port Arthur can continue to efficiently manage growth of large cruise ships. 
  • There is potential for a fourth main port to be developed at Beauty Point. 
  • Cruise ship visits to Burnie have grown steadily for several years with 30 visits in 2017-18, 27 port calls booked in 2018-19, and a record 42 visits booked in 2019-20.
  • Burnie had the highest take-up of shore tours at approximately 60 per cent, and received the highest share of international cruise passengers and boutique ships.
  • There are opportunities to develop higher value shore tours, to increase dispersal and yield and attract more boutique international vessels and increase the amount of specialty Tasmanian product on board through partnerships with local suppliers
  • A voluntary agreement to not enter Wineglass Bay has been sought from the cruise lines This policy does not apply to nine Wineglass Bay cruise ship visits still booked and published in brochures over the next three years, but no further bookings for Wineglass Bay will be taken. The cruise lines have indicated their understanding and willingness to respect this policy.

The full report can be accessed at the Tourism Tasmania website.