Published on : Monday, September 4, 2017
This is according to the New Zealand Cruise Association, the country sees the development of cruise tourism which has been growing consistently since the early 90s, at approximately 7% per annum from 4 million passengers in 1989 to 26 million passengers in 2017.
From the year 2010, the global cruise tourism has grown more rapidly, with passenger growth exceeding 1 million per annum.
And to meet that demand, the cruise ships are increasing. Over the three decades, to meet the demand of the bulk growth of passengers, in 2016-2017 cruise season saw 42 different vessels visit New Zealand on over 138 different voyages.
The cruise vessels spent a total of 747 days in port across New Zealand. During the 2016-17 cruise season the average cruises undertook the three voyages.
These voyages spent an average of five days in port.
The bookings for the upcoming 2017-18 and 2018-19 cruise season indicate greater numbers of voyages and port days than the 2016-17 cruise season.
The number of voyages visiting New Zealand is expected to increase by 18% per annum over the coming two seasons.
Over this period there is the number of ports days is expected to increase by 15 percent per annum.
Whereas the cruise bookings for 2018-2019 are still subject to change, but is expected that there will be 984 cruise tourism activities.