A new, state-of-the-art cruise terminal will be built in Brisbane over the next two years, thanks to a deal struck between the Port of Brisbane and Carnival Australia.
Provisionally named the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal, the new facility will be built at Luggage Point, close to Brisbane airport, to the tune of A$158 million over the next two years – with developers hopeful that the site will be operational by 2020.
A deal was agreed between Carnival Australia and the Port of Brisbane in late May, but it has since taken the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission a few weeks to reach a decision on the viability of the project.
According to the Port of Brisbane, it’s expected that the new Brisbane International Cruise Terminal will contribute $5 billion to the Queensland economy over the next 15 years, and will become a major player in the region’s ever-growing tourism sector.
A debate on whether or not to build a dedicated cruise terminal in Brisbane had been raging for years, and plans looked set to fall through until Carnival Australia stepped in and voiced their interest in homeporting a ship in the city’s port. Carnival, who own P&O, Princess Cruises and Carnival Cruises, will become the first operator to permanently homeport a ship in the BICT when it opens in 2020 – with Carnival Spirit ear-marked as the first ship to call the facility home.
Sture Myrmell, President of Carnival Australia, described the deal as a ‘win-win’ for Australian cruise lovers and the Queensland economy, with the new terminal expected to generate millions in tourism revenue and support over 250 new jobs in the local area.
He said: “It [the BICT]means Brisbane can take its place on the world cruising map for some of the globe’s most iconic cruise lines. The terminal will be a major piece of national infrastructure and the single most important investment in cruise tourism in Queensland in 12 years.”
While cruise ships are currently able to enter the Port of Brisbane, those over 275 metres in length have to dock at the city’s unattractive and poorly-located cargo facility, which doesn’t give the best first impression of the city. With this new dedicated terminal, even the largest international liners will be able to make berth in the heart of the city’s harbour – making Brisbane a premier cruise destination capable of competing with the likes of Sydney.
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