Published on : Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Brisbane would be welcoming a brand new cruise ship terminal at the mouth of the Brisbane River.
It is believed that it would be able to receive the largest cruise vessels in the world by late 2019 after it was offered the green light on Wednesdays. The new terminal would be constructed at Luggage Point and was immediately hailed as the ‘new frontier’ for cruise ship tourism in Queensland by Treasurer Curtis Pitt.
Mr. Pitt said that this is going to help ports up and down the coast.
And, cruise shipping is the next best frontier in terms of tourist potential, according to Mr. Pitt.
Over 320 cruise vessels had berthed in Brisbane in 2016. The industry is expected to witness substantial growth as the international tourism figures of Queensland rise.
After nearly 18 months of negotiations, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Tourism Minister Kate Jones as well as Treasurer Curtis Pitt would finally declare that the Queensland government had offered the $158 million project an official approval to commence.
Palaszczuk said that they were going to observe a doubling in the number of cruise ships arriving in Queensland.
She feels that this marks a great growth sign for the economy of Queensland and also a great sign of the government being able to work with the private sector. During construction of the cruise terminal as many as 245 new jobs would be generated and a smaller number of people would be employed to operate the fresh cruise ship terminal.
Kate Jones, the Tourism Minister states that an overwhelming 275,000 tourists would disembark every year once the terminal is eventually completed.
The new cruise terminal is being majorly driven by the private sector, especially by companies like Carnival Cruises and Royal Caribbean International as a partnership with the Port of Brisbane Authority.