The Australian Cruise Association (ACA) has announced it will hold its 23rd annual conference and AGM in Geelong next year.
The successful bid by Tourism Greater Geelong and The Bellarine and Visit Victoria was announced at the close of the 2018 Conference in Broome.
“We are seeing the regional ports playing an increasingly important role in the growth of the cruise tourism sector in Australia, so it was important to us to continue to reflect that in our choice of conference venue for 2019,” Jill Abel, CEO of ACA said while making the announcement.
“More than 100 cruise ships will visit Victoria in the upcoming cruise season.
“Dispersal to ports such as Geelong, Philip Island and Portland has been critical to that growth. Geelong, in particular, has been a drawcard for visits from the smaller, high-end ships such as the Regent Seven Seas and the Viking Sun whose passengers are interested in immersing themselves in all that a destination has to offer.”
It is anticipated that around 120 people will attend the Conference in Geelong which will be held from 4-6 September next year.
This includes leading national and international cruise executives and representatives from the supply side of the cruise sector – shore excursion operators, port authorities, provedores, shipping agents and tour businesses.
Commenting on the successful bid, City of Greater Geelong Mayor, Bruce Harwood said “This is a fantastic outcome for Geelong.
“We’re expecting five boutique cruise ships to visit our shores over summer and we want to do everything we can to further encourage this industry which currently generates close to $1 million in direct expenditure to the region.”
“As Victoria’s second most popular destination for cruise ships, we welcome this opportunity to further showcase our destination offerings including our beautiful waterfront, our vibrant CBD and our iconic food and wine destination along the Bellarine.”