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Cruise tourism - Australia & New Zealand world's 5th largest passenger source market (CLIA)

Cruise tourism - Australia & New Zealand world's 5th largest passenger source market (CLIA) | The Insight Files | Scoop.it
It started as a destination for elite, exotic, even opulent adventurers.

It maintains an image of grandness of pleasure and place.

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Yarrabah, near Cairns, touts cruise-ship terminal to cash in on indigenous tourism

Yarrabah, near Cairns, touts cruise-ship terminal to cash in on indigenous tourism | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

YARRABAH, near Cairns, is touting a $250 million cruise ship terminal and Aboriginal cultural precinct in a bold plan to cash in on indigenous tourism.

 

Australia's biggest Aboriginal township is the latest to make a multimillion dollar pitch to become a tourism hotspot.

 

The plan proposes an $80 million cruise ship jetty, an 18-hole golf course and country club and a private villa estate on 250ha of parkland, pristine coastal sand dunes and forest.

 

It also would feature an indigenous cultural village with dancers, bush tucker and bark huts.

 

The Courier-Mail yesterday revealed Premier Campbell Newman wants strife-torn Palm Island, off Townsville, to be the state's next tourist destination.

 

Mr Newman has ordered State Cabinet to help Palm Island and the state's other indigenous councils drive tourism and economic development, according to briefing notes obtained by The Courier-Mail in a Right to Information request.

 

Yarrabah, a former mission, population 3200, has spent $100,000 on a business case study to help develop the community into the nation's peak indigenous tourism experience and hopes to secure a further $200,000 in funding for a master plan.

 

Community representatives have been lobbying the state and federal governments as part of a plan to take the $250 million project to private developers and cruise ship operators. The vision also depends on the council being granted freehold over the trust lands.

 

"Tourism is the key to linking the past, present and the future,'' Yarrabah Mayor Errol Neal said yesterday.

 

"Ultimately it is about us coming up with a plan to get off the welfare treadmill.''

 

Yarrabah, an hour's drive from Cairns, has wide sandy beaches, rainforest-covered mountains and borders the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

 

It also ranked in the last census as Queensland's most disadvantaged area, with unemployment of 80 per cent and high crime.

 

Cairns will host the annual Cruise Down Under conference in September, when Cr Neal hopes to make his pitch to cruise executives.

 

State Indigenous Affairs Minister Glen Elmes said he had visited the Wungu beach site on the southern side of the township, overlooking Fitzroy Island.

 

"I applaud the council's initiative, and will support them where I can to realise their dream,'' said Mr Elmes.

 

"As with any such project, the initiative will have to stack up as a commercial enterprise.

 

"I'll be happy to facilitate access for the mayor to appropriate ministers and relevant commercial entities such as cruise companies and tourism operators where I can.

 

"It's a big dream for a small community like Yarrabah, but the community is situated in a pristine environment adjacent to one of Australia's most popular tourist destinations."

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Asia cruise market prediction: 7M passengers a year by 2020 - Travel Weekly

Asia cruise market prediction: 7M passengers a year by 2020 - Travel Weekly | The Insight Files | Scoop.it
By the end of the decade, Asian passengers will account for one in every five cruisers, about double the ratio today, Carnival Asia head Pier Luigi Foschi predicted at a cruise forum in Hong Kong.

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Cruise giants heading Down Under for bumper summer season

Cruise giants heading Down Under for bumper summer season | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Cruise giants are heading Down Under for bumper summer season.
As cruising grows in popularity we're seeing new opportunities open up for smaller ports along our coast to share in that growth and build their local tourism.Australia's busiest summer cruise season is about to start with almost 600  ship visits scheduled over the next few months.

 

The biggest ship in our waters will be Cunard's glamorous Queen Mary 2. At  151,400 tonnes and 345 metres long she remains the largest vessel to ever come here. For the first time, all three Cunard ships -  Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth  and Queen Victoria  - will be in Australia during the same season when they visit during February and March.

 

 


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Cruise lines sailing away from Twitter

Cruise lines sailing away from Twitter | The Insight Files | Scoop.it
After seeing solid use of Facebook by cruise lines for communicating with customers, more evidence emerging that the sector is less keen on the other major social network, Twitter.
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