Cruise Ship boost for Tamar Tourism

TasPorts, Tourism Northern Tas- mania and the West Tamar Coun- cil in early November welcomed Caledonian Sky on her maiden voyage to Beauty Point.

The small luxury expedition vessel called alongside Inspection Head Wharf bringing more than 180 passengers and crew to the Tam- ar region.

TasPorts Executive General Man- ager Growth, Matthew Johnston said the company’s previous $4 million investment has enabled sustainable growth of the cruise industry at Beauty Point. “TasPorts is supporting regional dispersal of cruise ship passen- gers and has invested in infra-

structure upgrades at Inspection Head Wharf to enable expedition ships to call in the Tamar. The call by Caledonian Sky is the third of her seven scheduled Tasmaniancalls and is the first of two luxuryvessels scheduled to call to Beau- ty Point this cruise season.”

On Caledonian Sky’s maiden call to Inspection Head, TasPorts Ex- ecutive General Manager Matthew Johnston and West Tamar Coun- cil Mayor Christina Holmdahl presented Captain Håkan Gus- tafsson with a plaque and gift

to welcome them to the Tamar region.
Mayor Christina Holmdahl said “We’re pleased to see another cruise ship docking at Beauty Point, with its passengers able to explore the West Tamar.”

“The third ship to dock at Beauty Point in the past two years pro- vides a great boost for our local economy and encourages us that we’re on the right track with the planned upgrades to the area as

detailed in the Beauty Point Fore- shore Master Plan,” Mayor Holm- dahl said.
Tourism Northern Tasmania ChiefExecutive Officer, Chris Griffin said“we hope cruise ship visits to

the Tamar Valley, such as that of the Caledonian Sky, become a regular summer occurrence at Beauty Point.”

“The valley offers exactly whatthese discerning visitors are look- ing for in a Tasmania port visit; great food and wine experiences enjoyed while meeting real Tas- manian’s and sampling our unique way of
life.”
“These visitors are great ambas- sadors for our destination, which in turn will see more discerning visitors seek us out into the fu- ture,” he said.
The second cruise ship for the season, MS The World, will make her maiden voyage to the Tamar region in February 2020.

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