THE Whitsundays economy has benefited greatly from two cruise ships in three days this week.
Pacific Jewel arrived on Sunday travelling from Sydney to Port Douglas with 1863 passengers on board and a total of 1820 passengers and crew disembarking.
On Tuesday, we had a visit from Pacific Sun, travelling from Newcastle in NSW to Cairns and stopping at Airlie Beach on their return trip, carrying 1888 passengers and with 1696 passengers and crew disembarking.
This gave us more than 3500 visitors to the Whitsundays over these two days.
A total of 1476 booked tours.
This included 630 to the outer reef, 476 participating in other tours on our waterways and 370 experiencing our mainland attractions.
The township had a boost with more than 2400 visitors enjoying Airlie Beach.
Cruise ship volunteer ambassador co-ordinator Judi Dunn said they found more passengers stayed longer in town on the Tuesday as it was their last stop before NSW.
“I am sure the restaurants and eateries were busy on Tuesday as most visitors left it until the last tender at 4pm to return to the ship,” she said..
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer ambassador for the cruise ships, call 0408 285 915.
Tourism Whitsundays Chief Executive Officer Peter O'Reilly said Cruise Ships continued to have a positive impact on the local tourism industry.
“The greeting by the ever enthusiastic volunteer ambassadors is definitely noticed by the cruise ship companies and is a unique benefit of them bringing their passengers to our region,” he said.
Cruise ship season
- Dawn Princess, Sunday October 17
- Rhapsody of the Seas, Saturday October 23
- Pacific Dawn, Monday November 8
- Pacific Sun, Friday November 19
- Silver Shadow, Friday December 17
- Diamond Princess, Sunday December 19
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