Exmouth Shire calls for government solution to cruise crisis

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The Seven Seas Mariner, one of the many cruise ships to cancel its landing in Exmouth.
Camera IconThe Seven Seas Mariner, one of the many cruise ships to cancel its landing in Exmouth. Credit: Seascanner

Exmouth’s tourism industry is at crisis point, with three of the past five cruise ships due to disembark passengers in town having cancelled their visits because of poor weather.

The Shire of Exmouth is calling on the State Government to provide a solution that allows cruise ship passengers to disembark regardless of weather conditions.

Shire of Exmouth chief executive Cameron Woods said the town wanted to welcome cruise passengers to Exmouth and show them all the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Coast had to offer.

“When the cruise ships cancel it is disappointing, not just for Exmouth, but for the cruise operators and passengers and all the coastal communities that benefit from WA’s cruise visits,” he said.

Mr Woods said the Shire was working with State and Federal agencies including the Department of Transport and Tourism WA to find a short-term solution that would allow cruise ship passengers to disembark in Exmouth regardless of the weather conditions.

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“While there has been some progress, we need to make this a priority and ensure cruise operators and passengers are getting the best possible experience in our State, and they want to keep coming back,” he said.

“Solving this issue would be an excellent outcome for tourism, jobs and investment, and reduce the considerable risk currently borne by business owners who service incoming cruises.”

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