Cruise lines inspect local attractions

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The cruise ship Maasdam in port at Albany this year.
Camera IconThe cruise ship Maasdam in port at Albany this year. Credit: Albany Advertiser, Laurie Benson

Major cruise lines from around the world visited Albany for the WA Cruise Exchange conference to see what the region has to offer.

Representatives from eight international cruise lines took time out to see the National Anzac Centre, Torndirrup National Park and the Whaling Station. They also got a taste of Menang culture via an indigenous walking tour, painting and traditional dances.

The aim of the July 26 conference was to increase the number of cruise ship visits to Albany, which range from 10-12 visits each year. Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington said the cruise ship season provided an important tourism footprint for the town.

“We are showing the cruise line representatives that including Albany on their itineraries is a smart choice and that the town can give their guests a range of unique, quality experiences,” he said.

“This is incredibly important business for us.

“It opens Albany up to higher foot traffic in our retail space, provides more opportunities for visitors to experience the National Anzac Centre, plus an increase in tourism expenditure across the City and networking opportunities on an international scale.”

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said the the WA Cruise Exchange was a chance to showcase the State’s regional cruise destinations that were growing in popularity with cruise lines.

“The exchange was a wonderful forum for our premium local tourism operators to show the major players in the cruise industry that we have what it takes to impress their guests,” he said.

“The familiarisations have made sure that Albany is firmly on their radar to be included as a positive addition to future itineraries, helping to grow tourism in our regional areas.”

The 2019-20 Albany cruise ship season is due to start in October with the arrival of the 2000-plus passenger Sea Princess.

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