More than 750 visitors from the United States and the eastern seaboard of Australia will arrive in Bunbury next Thursday when the Sydney cruiseliner ‘Pacific Princess’ docks in port.
Tourism Minister Mark McGowan said the visitors would bring valuable tourism dollars to the South West, helping to create jobs and opportunities for locals.
Mr McGowan said studies had shown travellers from cruise ships usually spent between $100 and $200 per day during their time ashore.
“Bunbury and the South West Region has a lot to offer these visitors including the Koombana Bay dolphins, the wine regions and the magnificent forests,” he said.
“I am sure they will greatly enjoy their time in the South West and spread the word when they return home, to encourage more visitors to the region.
“I encourage everyone to make the visitors feel welcome by displaying the friendly nature that is so characteristic of Western Australians generally.”
Mr McGowan said the visit by the Pacific Princess was the first of four scheduled for the next 18 months.
The remaining visits are: Funchal, March 19 2006; Dawn Princess, November 26 2006; Pacific Sky, November 29 2006.
The cruise ship visits are the result of an initiative by the South West Development Commission, Tourism WA, Australia’s South West, the City of Bunbury, Bunbury Port Authority, and the Bunbury Chamber of Commerce and Industries to capture some of the national cruise ship trade.
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