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Full steam ahead for growing Bundaberg cruising industry

15 June 2018

The first cruise ship ever to port in Bundaberg will arrive this weekend.

‘Silver Discoverer’, a 338-foot luxury cruise ship part of Silversea Cruises’ expedition fleet, will call into Bundaberg on Saturday as part of its 15-day Port Vila to Cairns cruise.

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the ship’s arrival was a win for Bundaberg. 

“The arrival of Silver Discoverer this weekend signifies the start of a new period of prosperity for Bundaberg’s tourism industry,” Ms Jones said.

“Cruise ships are big business for Queensland. In 2016-17 this industry generated $590 million for our economy. That’s why we’re working hard to grow this sector in Bundaberg in years to come.

“With great infrastructure, natural beauty and iconic Queensland attractions, Bundaberg is an ideal cruising destination.

“The Palaszczuk Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland, has worked with Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism, the Port of Bundaberg and local tourism operators over the past three years to ensure the region is set up to accept cruise ship visitors and to showcase Bundaberg’s globally renowned distilleries, breweries and heritage buildings.”

Cruise ship visitors will be able to choose from two tours offered as part of the ship’s touring itinerary – ‘The Bundaberg Experience’ including tours of the Bundaberg Rum Distillery, Bargara Brewing Co. and boutique distillery Kalki Moon, or the ‘Bundaberg Heritage Tour’ taking in the Hinkler Hall of Aviation, Botanic Gardens and high tea at the Fairymead House and Sugar History Museum.

“This region welcomed more than two million visitors last year and tourism generated $1.1 billion for the local economy – that’s three per cent growth under our government,” Ms Jones said.

“We’re committed to ensuring these numbers grow in the future. That’s why we’ve allocated $180 million in this week’s state budget to develop our tourism industry.”

Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism General Manager Katherine Reid said the town was looking forward to extending a warm Bundaberg welcome to the Silversea guests and crew for their short time in Port.

“This presents a great opportunity for our region and its tourism ambassadors to shine and give a small taste of what the Bundaberg region, on the Southern Great Barrier Reef, has to offer the expedition cruise market,” Ms Reid said.