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Australia’s Cruise Industry Paves Way for Mass Expansion

Travelling by sea throughout Australia is becoming a popular past time for the domestic travellers.

As a result, cruise operators are increasingly joining forces to offer bite-sized breaks along the coast for the domestic travellers, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

GlobalData’s latest report, Tourism Source Market Insight Australia, revealed that although land dominates as a form of transport significantly, the total domestic trips by sea are set to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5,36 percent from 3,9 million in 2018 to 5,1 million by 2023, holding the highest growth rate among all other transport means.

Johanna Bonhill-Smith, travel and tourism analyst, GlobalData, said, “High costs and less stress are driving more Australian travellers to opt for short breaks along the ocean rather than venturing in-land for domestic travel trips.”

Queensland, Melbourne and Brisbane are currently planning port developments and construction to further aid the inbound and outbound cruise industry. With Australia holding the largest cruise industry event Cruise 360 out of the Asia-Pacific for the seventh time running in 2020, the destinations status is being promoted as a key international cruise destination.