From Central Geelong to the Bellarine Peninsula, Greater Geelong will receive a tourism boost this summer with a 250 per cent scheduled increase in cruise ships visiting the region.
The first of five summer cruisers, the Regatta, arrives from Tasmania tomorrow at 7.00am in a pre-Christmas boon for local traders as 700 passengers and 300 staff experience Greater Geelong’s beaches, eateries, wineries, shopping precincts and night life for 24 hours.
Twelve bus tours have been booked to show tourists the region’s highlights before they depart for Melbourne.
Over the next four months, five visiting cruisers will anchor in Corio Bay, with visitors brought to shore through the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.
Analysis of the economic impact of this summer’s cruise ship visits will assist the City’s preparation of a business case promoting improvements to infrastructure around Cunningham Pier.
Worldwide, cruising by ship is the fastest growing tourism sector.
According to the Cruise Line Industry Association globally, 25.8 million passengers were expected to cruise during 2017. In Australia, 3 million passengers used cruisers in 2017
The 2017/2018 summer cruise ship schedule:
16 December 2017: the Regatta with a capacity of 700 passengers and 400 crew
19 January 2018: Seabourn Encore with a capacity of 600 passengers and 400 crew
23 January 2018: Norwegian Jewel with a capacity 2,376 passengers and 1,069 crew
7 February 2018: Seven Seas Navigator with a capacity 490 passenger and 340 crew
20 February 2018:Seabourn Encore with a capacity of 600 passengers and 400 crew.
Brett Luxford - Director Investment and Attraction:
This is a great opportunity for the whole of our region and definitely an initiative actively supported by the City and Tourism Greater Geelong and The Bellarine.
We’ll be down at the yacht club to meet and greet to the passengers as they disembark and embark the ship and we’ll be distributing information sheets and maps to passengers highlighting wonderful things they can do in Greater Geelong.