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Written by TFM on 14/03/2019
GARY SHIPWAY, NT News
WITH 10,000 cruise ship tourists passing through Darwin over the next four weeks, Darwin Port chief executive Terry O’Connor has his fingers crossed our city and its governing masters heed the warning of the Chamber of Commerce NT.
He has backed a call from the Chamber to the Territory Government, Darwin Council and the Darwin Mall traders to make sure the city puts on its best face to give the visiting cruise ship passengers a memorable experience.
Darwin Port is contributing significantly to the economic output of cruise tourism in the NT, reaching $172 million in the past financial year.
Darwin is an increasingly popular stopover for Australasian cruises, with its ability to accommodate some of the world’s largest cruise ships at its dedicated Fort Hill Wharf berth and passenger terminal, minutes from the CBD.
For the financial year 2017-2018 there was strong growth in cruise traffic with a regular stream of larger cruise ships visiting the Port.
There was a 26 per cent increase in vessels carrying between 200-999 passengers.
This growth is set to accelerate this financial year, with work continuing on the Fort Hill Wharf development proposal for expansion to accommodate simultaneous cruise vessels and facilitate base porting of cruise ships in Darwin.