This will be the first Cruise360 held outside of Sydney since the inaugural event in 2014.

It had been scheduled for Brisbane in 2020, ahead of the opening of the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal at Luggage Point, but was postponed in the early stages of the pandemic.

CLIA Australasia MD Joel Katz said Cruise360 ’23 will bring together hundreds of industry representatives from across the CLIA community, including travel agents, cruise line executives, ports and destination authorities and ships’ suppliers.

International cruising hub

‘Queensland has become one of our region’s most popular cruise destinations and the opening of the new Brisbane International Cruise Terminal has made the city an important international cruising hub within the South Pacific,’ Katz said.

Queensland Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the state has more ports and anchorages than anywhere else in Australia.

A$1b to economy

‘Before COVID, cruise ships contributed around A$1b to our visitor economy and we are keen to see that grow as more ships commit to homeporting and local provisioning in Queensland,’ Hinchliffe said.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said attracting the conference reflects Brisbane’s status as a premier cruising hub in the South Pacific.

In hot demand

‘Brisbane has been in hot demand since cruising returned,’ Schrinner said. 

‘The Port of Brisbane’s new International Cruise Terminal is expected to welcome more than 80 cruises next year.’