Dunedin tourist industry representatives have been warned
to prepare for a boomer cruise ship season next summer.
Cruise New Zealand told a briefing of industry players at the
Dunedin Public Art Gallery yesterday that a 13% increase in
passengers was predicted for the 2015-16 summer.
This summer, cruise ship passenger numbers were expected to
rise from 133,750 to 136,000, but next summer that was
predicted to grow to 154,000.
Cruise New Zealand general manager Raewyn Tan said the cruise
ship market was growing internationally and especially in the
Australian market, which was where most of Dunedin's cruise
visitors came from.
Globally, that growth had driven the commissioning of new
ships, many designed to carry more than 4000 passengers, that
were due to begin operation next summer.
''So the forecast is for marginal growth this year, but it's
2015-16 that we are really excited about.''
While it meant more passengers, the bigger ships meant fewer
visits, she said.
Cruise ship companies' surveys by some of the bigger ships to
visit last season showed customer satisfaction with Port
Chalmers was 87.3% compared with Auckland's 88.1%, Milford
Sound's 92.2% and Akaroa's 85.7%.
Port Chalmers' result put it in fifth place, up from sixth
the previous year.
Dunedin received 66% of the visits by cruise ships to New
This summer, 80 cruise ships would visit over 72 days,
starting on October 8 and including Christmas Day.
IDNZ executive director and Cruise New Zealand deputy
chairwoman Debbie Summers said IDNZ, which organised the
ground-based services and tours for the cruise ships, loved
Dunedin and its cruise ship clients loved coming to the city.
The city had many strengths, including unique attractions.
Its challenges included its geographic location and weather
uncertainties, shelter for passengers on the wharf, wharf
congestion and the tight supply of coaches.