Published on : Thursday, August 31, 2017
The luxury and comfortable cruise ships visiting Gisborne last year added $3 million to the New Zealand’s economy.
With a record number of cruise liners waiting to visit, it is expected that the contribution to the economy of New Zealand to grow by another $10 million over the next two years. There are eighteen ships which are lined up for the summer of 2018-19.
According to the latest report on the economic contribution of the cruise which was released at the annual New Zealand Cruise Association Conference in Auckland showed the 11 cruise ship visits to Gisborne last year which added around $3m to gross domestic product (GDP).
During the 2016-17 season, there were about 235,900 passengers which undertook a cruise in New Zealand, of which 95,800 exchanged in New Zealand.
It is expected that the number of passengers will increase over 344000 which is equivalent to the growth rate of 21% per annum. It is also expecting that the number of exchanged passengers may reaching 147100 by 2018-2019.
The six ship visits are booked for this summer, with the report estimating that will add $2m.
The big payday is expected the following season.
New Zealand Cruise Association also expects the record 18 ship visits to add $6m to the economy of New Zealand.
Activate Tairawhiti chief executive Steve Breen said that the scale of the planned visit will provide the data regarding the number.
Here the cruise market is a key one for the region, as the 2018 season demonstrates.
During 2016-2017, there were 101600 crew were engaged in employment directly with this cruise industry. The number of days that the crew spent in port is expected a surge from 540300 in the last season to more than 816500 in 2018-2019, which is a 23% growth rate.
The intention is to work with the cruise ship operators is to better comprehend the buying behaviours of passengers, and work with local operators to build on what is provided to offer higher-value experiences and opportunities that will appeal to the passengers.
The cruise sector will support around 8000 jobs, and this is projected to grow by 38 percent to more than 11,000 in 2018-2019.