Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) managing director Australasia Joel Katz says the ship’s visit was a major milestone on the island’s path to economic recovery and sends an important message to the outside world. ‘Today’s visit by Sun Princess demonstrates the resilience of the Kangaroo Island community and helps show that Australia is open for business and ready to welcome visitors from across the globe,’ Katz says. ‘The island’s tourism businesses have shown determination in preparing to welcome cruise visitors and our industry is grateful for their support and commitment.’
Cruise tourism on the South Australian island has grown significantly in recent years, having increased from three ship visits in 2012 to a schedule of 26 ship visits over the current summer season. Cruise vessels scheduled to visit Kangaroo Island in 2019-2020 have a combined capacity of more than 54,000 passengers and crew.
CLIA has also welcomed an initial $76 million tourism recovery package as part of the Australian Government’s National Bushfire Recovery Fund. CLIA has confirmed that all major cruise lines in Australia are currently operating as scheduled and continue to visit ports around the country as planned.
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