Cruise shipping is growing rapidly in Queensland. In the 2014/15 the sector grew by around 13%. In 2013, the Cruise Lines International Association Australasia (CLIA) estimated that the value of the cruise sector to the Queensland economy was $501 million in gross expenditure by passengers, crew and the cruise liners, $250 million in Gross State Product (GSP) and 2,072 full time equivalent (FTE) jobs.

The addition of the Legend of the Seas to the cruise ship calendar is expected to increase the economic contribution of the cruise sector to Queensland.

NineSquared, with our associates Cadence Economics, were engaged by the Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd and Tourism and Events Queensland to estimate the economic contribution of the Legend of the Seas during its upcoming deployment in Brisbane for the 2015/16 summer cruise season.

The Legend of the Seas is a cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean. The ship is around 265 metres long and can accommodate 2,000 passengers and 720 crew. During the 2015/16 deployment, the Legend of the Seas will make 17 base port calls to Brisbane and five transit visits each to Cairns and Airlie Beach.

We prepared a report on the expected economic contribution of the Legend of the Seas which estimated passenger spending, cruise line spending and crew expenditure and the direct and indirect contribution to gross state product (GSP) and jobs in Queensland.

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Ben Ellis – Director. Ben is an economist specialising in transport, infrastructure and government advisory. Ben holds a Master of Economics degree in transport economics and has more than 10 years experience in economic advisory.

Anthony Vine – Senior Analyst. Anthony is a Senior Analyst at NineSquared with a focus on transport economics, cost benefit analysis and infrastructure prioritisation. He has undertaken projects for a variety of public and private clients relating to electricity, transport, technology and the arts.


Date: 2015

Location: Brisbane

Client: Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd and Tourism and Events Queensland

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