Cruise ships return to Geraldton to bring international tourists to regional WA

By TIN Media | International Published 2 weeks ago on 19 September 2022
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When international cruises resume next month, industry executives predict that the stigma associated with travelling in a post-pandemic world won't deter travellers from visiting the Midwest.

In order to stop the virus from spreading, international cruise ships were not allowed to enter Australia until the federal government lifted the embargo earlier this year.

The Coral Princess will be the first of at least 14 cruise ships that are anticipated to port in Geraldton over the course of the following 12 months when it arrives at the end of October.

With a capacity for 2,900 passengers and crew, it will be the largest cruise ship to visit the port.

Joanne Brown, a board member of Tourism Geraldton Midwest, claimed that the resumption of cruises would boost the economy after tour companies were severely impacted by the decline in the demand for foreign visitors.

"The expansion of the amount of cruise ships that were coming through [Geraldton] was extraordinary prior to the epidemic," she said.

"It's not just about the money you make [from tourists] that day; a lot of it is return money.

"Cruise ships would come through, and then six months later, someone would come through in the trailer saying they had came to Geraldton on a cruise ship and they wanted to come back and explore a little bit more."

According to Ms. Brown, travellers are more knowledgeable than ever and won't let the possibility of COVID-19 transmission stop them from booking a cruise.

She announced, "The ships are sold out.

People who want to cruise will cruise, and the setting is now tightly regulated.

She said that stringent procedures were in place.

Ms. Brown, however, expressed concern about a lack of volunteers and employees in the tourism and hospitality industries to handle the increased number of guests.

She claimed that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of people switched to other sectors.

We're hopeful the volunteer group will return, but regrettably, we think that many of them won't, she added.

By the end of the year, four cruise ships are anticipated to dock in Geraldton, bringing with them thousands of tourists.

Damien Tully, chief executive officer of the Midwest Ports Authority, claimed that the revival of the cruise sector represented a return to normalcy.

According to him, cruises are crucial to the growth of the Midwest's tourism sector.

He said the company was excited to make sure tourists to Geraldton and the Midwest had a wonderful time.


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