Port of Brisbane to deliver $100 million mega ship cruise facility
Port of Brisbane chief executive officer, Roy Cummins, said the proposed cruise facility would be a vital piece of tourism infrastructure, delivering substantial economic and tourism benefits to SEQ and the State.
“We are pleased the Queensland Government recognises the need for a mega ship cruise facility in Brisbane and Port of Brisbane’s commitment to delivering the best possible outcomes for the State in the shortest possible timeframes.
“Port of Brisbane will work collaboratively with Government, all site neighbours, Council and the cruise operators to deliver a modern, efficient and attractive cruise facility.
“Cruise ships are getting longer and currently there is no dedicated facility in Brisbane to accommodate ‘mega ships’ (vessels longer than 270 metres). By 2020, mega ships will represent approximately 60% of Brisbane’s vessel calls and without a new facility Brisbane, and Queensland, may miss out on future visits.
“The new cruise facility will also act as a gateway to SEQ for thousands of additional international and domestic tourists every year, with substantial economic and tourism benefits flowing throughout South-east Queensland.”
A new cruise facility will potentially triple the size of Brisbane’s cruise industry over the next 20 years, growing to support 3750 jobs, bringing 766,260 international and domestic cruise visitors annually to the City and State, and contributing approximately $1 billion in gross output annually to Queensland’s economy. ■