The International Cruise Council Australasia (ICCA) have just released statistics that demonstrates how the cruise industry has taken off in Australia in recent years. In fact, cruise passenger growth has massively overtaken all other major international markets here, with a huge increase of 34%. This contrasts with a US growth of 4% and a 5% rise in the UK.
These amazing statistics shows that the popularity of cruising is still on the rise in Australia – this is why companies such as Carnival and Celebrity have decided to bring ships to the area for the forthcoming seasons. The addition of new ships to Australia’s ports also adds plenty of variety to the cruise market, perhaps also a contributing factor to the upsurge in popularity. Australians can now visit a large number of spectacular countries from ports such as Sydney and Melbourne!
The Chairman of ICCA, Gavin Smith said that the figures reinforce that cruising is the “shining star of the tourism industry.” He went on to say: “While other industries have wavered in these tough economic times, cruising has continued to expand, with its popularity in Australia growing significantly year-on-year.” Smith also said the cruise industry was to reach its goal of one million passengers by 2020.
Most popular destinations:
The South Pacific is one of the most popular destinations for Australians, with over 37% of Australian passengers visiting places such as Hawaii, the Fiji Islands, French Polynesia, New Zealand, New Caledonia and the Cook Islands.
Other interesting statistics:
- The company counted a record high of 623,294 Austrian Cruise Passangers
- 40% of cruise passengers come from New South Wales
- 24% come from Queensland
- 16% of passengers are from Victoria
- 9% are from Western Australia
- 2.7% of the population took a river cruise in 2011
- River cruising has had a 23% average annual growth in the last 5 years