Big cruise ship season ahead

It’s great news for the City today with a bumper season of cruise ships secured to visit Burnie again next summer.

A total of 19 cruise ships are set to dock at Burnie between October 2011 and April 2012.

Acting Mayor Anita Dow said, “It’s great news to see a rise in cruise ship numbers scheduled to visit Burnie. Each season, the cruise ships bring an estimated $8 million economic boost to the region, with each passenger typically spending $160 each during a visit.”

Today’s news indicates that next summer, over 40,000 people are set to visit Burnie.

“Burnie has so much to offer to our visitors and it’s wonderful to see that the investment in our infrastructure has made Burnie a more attractive place for our tourists.

“There is a real sense of community when the cruise ships are in Burnie. The City buzzes with excitement and everyone helps the visitors around the City.

“You hear such positive reports from travellers about Burnie. They often say it’s the friendliest and cleanest place they have visited. I think sometimes we forget just how lucky we are to have the beautiful beachfront on our doorstep.

“Visitors can either take up day trips around our wider region or they can stroll the streets and enjoy what Burnie has to offer.

“I really want to pay a huge tribute to the volunteers that help guide and assist cruise ship visitors. They really are wonderful ambassadors for our region. There is no doubt that the welcoming and friendly atmosphere is a key reason for their return each year," she said.

There are still six cruise ships to arrive before May 2011 to complete the 2010/2011 season.

The next cruise ship is set to arrive in Burnie on Wednesday 16 February.

For further information please contact

Libby Jowett
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728