Tasmanian News

Cruise ship season commences

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A visit by the Majestic Princess to start the cruise ship season has brought three and a half thousand passengers into Hobart and now into Port Arthur today.

65 ships are scheduled to call into the south, and marks a start to what promises to be a successful season.

With the major rise in visitors to the state, Tourism Industry Council's Luke Martin recognises the need to properly manage the opportunity.

"Every cruise season's getting bigger than the last, and that's a challenge for us."

"It's a rapidly growing market. We know they love coming to Tasmania."

"We just have to keep a really sensible head on how we cope this sector." 

Hobart City Council's Helen Burnet has campaigned for the changes for many years, and is hoping new implementations will lessen some negative effects of the ships. 

"Having cruise ships here has an impact on the air quality in the particular region. There is a change to reduce the impacts of the bunker fuel coming up. So that's a national standard that's changing."

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