The record-breaking 2012-13 Dunedin cruise-ship season is
expected to pump $42.8 million and 799 jobs into the local
Yesterday, Cruise New Zealand released a new cruise
economic impact report, which showed the industry contributed
$288.9 million to GDP in 2011-12, and accounted for 4961 jobs
Higher returns were expected this season, with passenger
arrivals predicted to rise 20%, and the number of voyages and
port calls up an estimated 8%.
Tourism Dunedin chief executive Hamish Saxton said the
industry had experienced "terrific growth" and Dunedin was
held up as a model for other cities.
In terms of New Zealand cities, Dunedin ($42 million) was
third in overall added value to the economy, behind Auckland
($114.9 million), and Wellington ($43.2 million).
"The cruise sector is of great value to the economy ... and
In terms of employment, the city (799 jobs) was second behind
Auckland (1755 jobs).
Nationwide, 130 cruises are scheduled for this season, making
756 port visits. The cruise liners will carry 209,000
passengers and 92,000 crew.
The Dunedin season is expected to feature 87 port visits,
bringing an estimated 160,000 passengers and 69,000 crew to
Cruise New Zealand chairman Craig Harris said global trends,
such as larger ships on order and the resilience of the Asian
and Australian economies, indicated growth for the sector
Ships were getting larger, coupled with an expanded Panama
Canal, which might mean New Zealand's port facilities
"It is even more imperative for Auckland, as our key exchange
port, to continue to future-proof its cruise infrastructure
to attract more ships to start and stop their cruises in New
"This activity adds to the value cruise contributes to our
economy, as it encourages passengers to stay in Auckland
before and after their cruise."
Tourism Industry Association New Zealand chief executive
Martin Snedden said it was crucial that New Zealand ports had
the infrastructure to accommodate more cruise passengers and