Garden Island gateway a positive move for tourism
While Sydney was snubbed by the 2014 G20 summit, the federal government’s decision to allow three ocean liners a year to berth at the Garden Island naval base is a positive move for the tourism industry.
The Woolloomooloo site will become the state’s new international gateway, with some reports suggesting the move is an olive branch from Julia Gillard, who spent the week defending her decision to give Brisbane the G20 summit.
During 2011-12 , 214 ships arrived in Sydney Harbour, up from 150 the previous year, The Herald Sun reports.
ATEC managing director, Felicia Mariani, said it is a positive step for the state’s tourism industry.
“The cruise industry in particular will contribute around $2 billion a year by 2020 and we must find ways to accommodate this growing sector, which in turn will grow jobs and opportunity across our economy.
“It is crucial that Australia find ways to support and grow a diverse economic base, from mining to manufacturing and the tourism industry, and ATEC welcomes this move which goes some way towards meeting the needs of the cruise sector.”