After a series of successful negotiations with the State Government, Member for Cairns Michael Healy has today revealed one of the largest cruise liners in the world will soon port in Tropical North Queensland.
Mr Healy said Dream Cruises’ ‘Explorer Dream’ would visit Cairns on October 23.
“We’re partnering with the private sector to bring more tourists to Cairns because we know this will support local jobs,” he said.
“By investing in tourism, we’re growing this industry in Tropical North Queensland which has great flow-on effects for businesses right across the region.
“We expect this industry to grow by as much as 20 per cent over the next two years. These numbers will continue to grow with strong investment in port infrastructure throughout the state.”
The 268 metre Explorer Dream cruise liner holds 1809 passengers and will visit Cairns, Gladstone, Mooloolaba and Brisbane from October.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the 268 metre cruise ship, which holds 1890 passengers, would visit Cairns, Gladstone, Mooloolaba and Brisbane from October.
“This sector is already worth $1.1 billion to Queensland’s economy every year. The $48 million Attracting Tourism Fund we announced at the election is designed to bring more cruise ships to Queensland,” she said.
“Securing Dream Cruises’ Explorer Dream will provide opportunities to tap into the burgeoning Chinese cruise market – Queensland’s number one international market – with more than 80 per cent of those on board coming from China.”