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Media Release

29 March 2012


Australia’s accommodation industry has expressed disappointment about the findings contained in the report of the Independent Review of enhanced cruise ship access to Sydney’s Garden Island docks.

The Accommodation Association of Australia says that if the Federal Government chooses to accept the major recommendations in the report, then accommodation businesses and tourism more broadly will suffer.

The Association’s Chief Executive Officer, Richard Munro, said: “This is a surprising and disappointing outcome for the accommodation industry.

“In the words of the CEO of one of Australia’s leading hotel groups, cruising passengers are strong contributors to food and beverage in hotels - many of them like to stay before and after their cruise to ‘wine and dine’.

“Therefore, if the anticipated growth in the number of cruise ships visiting Australia doesn’t eventuate due to poor port access in Sydney, then accommodation operators will miss out on the boost to business that cruise ships bring.

“Our submission to the review stated that ‘to preserve and promote economic benefits from visiting cruise ships for accommodation businesses, permanent shared access for these vessels at Garden Island must be approved’.

“The Accommodation Association is calling on the Federal Government and notably, the Minister for Defence, to take into consideration the perspectives of the accommodation sector and the broader tourism industry as it formulates its position on this important issue.”

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