Smooth Sailing for Gladstone’s Cruise Industry

Over the past two years, more than 30,000 visitors have cruised into the Port of Gladstone giving a multi-million-dollar tourism boost to the local economy.

The first ship to dock at Auckland Point this season is the Carnival Spirit travelling from Singapore, with cruises from Sydney to follow. WELCOME TO GLADSTONE!

Gladstone Area Development and Promotion Ltd CEO Darryl Branthwaite said that with an average spend per passenger of around $300 the cruise ship market was good for a staggering $8.5 million return locally.

Local business owners found out more about the future of the cruise ship industry at a GAPDL luncheon last week with guest speakers from the Gladstone Development Board, GAPDL and Tourism and Events Queensland.

Fifteen cruise ships will dock at East Shores over the next eighteen months, with Tourism and Events Queensland’s Julie O’Brien saying the Port City was well-placed to take advantage of the growing market, even competition for tourism dollars is tough

“There’s a variety of experiences in the Southern Great Barrier Reef and the Gladstone Region and we’re working on getting that diversity,” she said.

More options for day excursions to the reef are being developed by GAPDL and it is expected that Stage 1B of East Shores, currently being developed by the Gladstone Ports Corporation will further drive visitor growth and spending.

Peter Perna, Leigh Zimmerlie, Julie O’Brien and Darryl Branthwaite at the GAPDL luncheon

The Port is also working on developing infrastructure to host larger cruise ships.

Guests at the GAPDL cruise ship outlook