NZ continues to deliver numbers that position it amongst more well-established cruise markets for growth. This was followed late July by the long-awaited release of the NSW Government’s Cruise Development Plan. Why is this important for New Zealand? This is an important step forward for the growth of cruising across the region. With Sydney a key gateway port to the region, resolving the capacity constraints in Sydney is critical to ensuring the Australasian cruise industry continues its growth trajectory. Under the plan, the much-needed facility will ease port congestion which currently constrains industry growth, and together with the existing terminals at Circular Quay and White Bay will mean that Sydney Harbour remains a major cruise hub.
Other actions laid out in the Government’s plan to support regional ports to improve as cruise destinations, and a commitment to work with the Federal Government to remove regulatory barriers affecting the industry are also positive developments. CLIA has been advocating for a number of years for local governments to recognise the growth and importance of the cruise industry to the region, and specifically highlighting the impact of the infrastructure constraints in key ports, such as Sydney and Auckland. Having a clear plan of action is essential to achieve greater certainty and a platform for the continued growth of our industry across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.