30 Aug 2017 By Contributor
The number of port days is increased considerably by cruises out of Auckland by the Pacific Jewel. In every month of the year, there are cruise ships in New Zealand waters.
As the number of port days increase, so, of course, does the number of passengers, growing from 235,900 in the last season to over 344,000 in the 2018-19 season. The number of passenger port days will increase from 1.36 million to 1.9 million over this time period with a significant increase in passengers exchanging in New Zealand: 95,800 currently rising to a predicted 147,000 in the 2018-19 season.
Crew also add value to the New Zealand economy, although they are more difficult to count as they will arrive and depart multiple times. But again, the larger ships mean greater numbers of crew port days, increasing from 540,000 to 816,500 between 2016 and 2019, and a consequent increase in crew members departing and joining the ships in New Zealand.
Australians accounted again for around half of the cruise passengers coming to New Zealand in the 2016-17 season, 80% of whom were transit passengers, on round trip voyages from Australia. North Americans made up 21% of passengers, Europeans 13% and New Zealanders 10%. The number of New Zealanders has declined as a ship left the local market during the season. The Pacific Jewel will replace the Pacific Pearl and we will see an increase in domestic passengers again.
The combination of passenger, crew and vessel spend added to a total of $624m in the 2016-17 season and this is expected to rise to $911m. These figures are at the heart of the importance of the cruise industry to the New Zealand cruise economy. Value added is already at a respectable $447m, but will rise to a whopping $640m in the 2018-19 season. Employment supported by the cruise industry will increase by more than 3,000 to an expected 11,400.
So, overall the New Zealand cruise industry continues to expand. Scheduling is still extremely volatile and subject to change. However, for the 2018-19 season:
These numbers are huge and I will leave you with some questions, not answers:
Are we ready?
Do we have the infrastructure to deal with the new generation of ships?
What do we need to do to prepare?
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