QUEENSLAND’S first dedicated “mega” cruise ship terminal is on track to open in 2020, a video showing the design of the $158m Brisbane International Cruise Terminal recently released.
Port of Brisbane CEO Roy Cummins said the new terminal would be a “game-changer” for the tourism industry.
“This is an exciting day as we launch the visuals of the new terminal and wharf and begin the countdown to opening in 2020,” he said.
“We are pleased to be working with the Queensland government to be able to deliver this infrastructure, and we look forward to welcoming the many international, national and local visitors who are expected to pass through the terminal annually.”
Minister for state development, manufacturing, infrastructure and planning Cameron Dick said the terminal would put Brisbane on the world map as a “mega-cruise ship” destination and attract the world’s largest cruise ships.
“In what is a great example of the Palaszczuk government working with the private sector, we are ensuring jobs and economic opportunities are set to sail our way,” he said.
“The cruise ship industry is booming worldwide, and this new terminal will help secure our slice of the market by providing a dedicated facility to accommodate larger ships that are unable to dock at Portside.”
Mr Dick said the Port of Brisbane expected the terminal would generate about $5bn in economic value to Queensland over 15 years.
“This vital infrastructure – Queensland’s first dedicated mega cruise ship terminal – will be a fitting gateway for arriving visitors as they step on to Queensland soil and for those who can now depart in the mega cruise ships directly from Brisbane,” he said.