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Published on : Friday, November 27, 2015
Sydney is losing millions of tourism dollars as big ships and luxury cruise liners find fewer berths. Tourism bodies are extremely concerned about this situation and feel that the money lost would increase exponentially unless the Royal Australian Navy’s Garden Island facility was opened up permanently to commercial vessels.
The city is expecting its busiest cruise week with all five P&O “Pacific” liners and their 9000-plus passengers visiting the Sydney port. The lack of berths would mean some large cruise liners would need to drop anchor in the middle of the harbor and ferry people ashore. This would naturally keep visitors at bay who wouldn’t wish to spend extra in ferry ride to visit a city that can’t offer berth space to its cruise ship feels Margy Osmond, CEO Tourism & Transport Forum Australia.
With Australia being the fastest growing passenger market and the industry reaching its million passengers annual target six years ahead of schedule this is one crucial decision the government needs to address.