Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Cruise ships set sail for Bunbury

    5/08/2005 12:00 AM
     
    5/8/05

    Bunbury is about to capture a slice of Australia’s $200million-a-year cruise shipping industry, with four cruise liners scheduled to visit the city over the next 18 months, South-West Minister Mark McGowan said today.

    Mr McGowan said the first visit, by the P&O Cruise liner Pacific Princess, was due to berth in Bunbury on Thursday, October 27, for 12 hours.

    “More than 650 passengers from the United States and the Eastern seaboard of Australia will be visiting Bunbury and the South-West, spending valuable tourist dollars and boosting the regional economy,” he said.

    “Travellers typically spend between $100 and $200 per day during their travels, which helps creates jobs and opportunities for locals.”

    The Minister said the State Government - through the South West Development Commission, Tourism WA and the Bunbury Port Authority - had been working together with the City of Bunbury and the Bunbury Chamber of Commerce and Industries to secure visits by the vessels.

    “Tourism WA is also a member of Cruising Downunder, which works hard to show cruise ship operators just how much the region has to offer and to help make it a ‘must see’ destination on any cruise ship itinerary,” Mr McGowan said.

    “I understand that the cruise ship operators are already working with tour operators in the region to link the visits with tourism operations throughout the South-West.”

    The remaining visits are as follows:
      Funchal - March 19, 2006
      Dawn Princess - November 26, 2006
      Pacific Sky - November 29, 2006.

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