Cruise ship boost for Tamar tourism

Cruise ship boost for Tamar tourism
Cruise ship boost for Tamar tourism

TasPorts, Tourism Northern Tasmania and the West Tamar Council 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 Tamar region.

TasPorts Executive General Manager 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 passengers and has invested in infrastructure 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 Tasmanian calls and is the first of two luxury vessels scheduled to call to Beauty Point this cruise season.”

On Caledonian Sky’s maiden call to Inspection Head, TasPorts Executive General Manager Matthew Johnston and West Tamar Council Mayor Christina Holmdahl presented Captain Håkan Gustafsson 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 provides 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 Foreshore Master Plan,” Mayor Holmdahl said.

Tourism Northern Tasmania Chief Executive 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 what these discerning visitors are look- ing for in a Tasmania port visit; great food and wine experiences enjoyed while meeting real Tasmanian’s and sampling our unique way of
life.”

“These visitors are great ambassadors for our destination, which in turn will see more discerning visitors seek us out into the future,” 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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