Cruise

“All we need to do is dot the i’s and cross the t’s”: Tourism minister says cruise ban will lift next month

Federal Tourism Minister Dan Tehan has said there is “no reason” why the cruise ban shouldn’t lift in April, signalling the return to cruising in Australia after two long years.

Speaking on Sky News this morning, Tehan said the federal government has been waiting for the states and territories to get the necessary health protocols in place and now that both NSW and Queensland appeared to be onboard, cruise holidays would be able to kick off again from 17 April.

“We just got to make sure the two states – NSW and Queensland – tick off on what their health officials say,” he said.

In February, Health Minister Greg Hunt extended the human biosecurity period for another two months on Friday, meaning cruise vessels will continue to be banned from Australian waters until at least 17 April 2022.

According to Hunt, there was an agreement at National Cabinet that the Commonwealth, NSW, Victoria and Queensland agreed to work with the industry to implement new protocols to enable the resumption of cruising over the coming months.

“Now that we’ve got NSW I’m pretty sure we’re going to have QLD on board, my expectation those protocols on the state level will be finalised in the next couple of days and my hope is Wednesday we’ll be announcing that it’ll be 17 April, that’s the last plank,” Tehan said.

“We’ll have tourism back to its brilliant best here in Australia, it’ll be wonderful for our travel agents and wonderful for our nation.”

The tourism minister said the commonwealth had been ready to lift the ban for a number of weeks, and that he had been pushing for the ban to be lifted for months.

“But we need the state’s tick off and they’ve been working with their health officials,” he continued.

“Obviously, it takes a few weeks or months for the cruise industry to be able to plan to get the ships back, but we now see absolutely no reason why we can’t make that formal announcement.

“All we need to do is dot the i’s and cross the t’s.”

Australia’s cruise ban has been in place since March 2020, following the Ruby Princess debacle which has been linked to almost 1,000 cases of COVID-19 and 28 deaths.


Featured image: Facebook/ Dan Tehan 



SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Hotels

Tiny Away opens up mini Tassie getaways

Tiny Away has opened the doors to its first Tasmanian tiny houses, growing its network of rural getaways. The ‘Quirindi’ […]

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Colorado Tourism Office say G’day to the industry

The Colorado Tourism Office joined media and travel titans last Friday at Bentley’s in the Sydney CBD to reconnect with the Aussie travel industry.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Bonza calls on Aussies to name its first plane

Some of the names suggested so far include Purple Rippa, Bonza Bruce, and Kimbo. We challenge you to come up with something more Aussie sounding than that!

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas increases international connection time to reduce mishandled baggage

The upside of all these missing bags is that you no longer have to sprint through the airport to catch your connecting flight. Although we’ll miss the rush.

Share

CommentComments

Events

Missed the Visit USA Expos? Fear not, we’ve got your biggest questions covered.

by sponsored by Visit USA Australia

No more FOMO! These hot tips will get you in top-tip shape to visit the USA.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

TravelManagers’ TCF Launch Applauded by PTMs

by Sponsored by TravelManagers

We hope you’re an AL (acronym lover), because this headline has plenty to go around!

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

G Adventures to relaunch Bhutan trails

These trails are kind of like the Bondi to Bronte walk, except completely different in almost every aspect.

Share

CommentComments

News

Industry movements: New hires at Intrepid, TravelManagers, Silversea and more

Keep tabs on all the latest movements in the industry, find who you need to shmooze at the next networking event and suss out all the latest gossip right here.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Coral Princess brings cruising back to Newcastle

Cruising has returned to Newy, marking more opportunities for the locals to hang out by the water and wear thongs.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Soneva introduces cryptocurrency payments at its resorts

This new update could mean that other travel companies may soon accept crypto, and then someone may finally buy our Travel Weekly NFT!

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Paul Hogan gets top Tourism Australia honour

Hogan was reportedly quite happy with the award, but quietly disappointed that it wasn’t a knife which he could compare with his larger knife.

Share

CommentComments

News

Jucy to expand rental car fleet with $40m worth of new inventory

Jucy is a vehicle rental operator, not the company that makes those pink velour track pants, in case you were also a bit confused.

Share

CommentComments