Cracking the Cruise Market

Find out how to tap into the cruise ship market which contributes more than $30 million to the economy in Tropical North Queensland.

Tourism Tropical North Queensland Chief Executive Officer Pip Close said more than 50 cruise ships were scheduled to dock in Cairns, 20 would moor off Yorkeys Knob and a further 20 would arrive in Port Douglas this year.

“If you would like to get your small tourism business into this market, come along to the Cruise Forum and find out how to work with the cruise ships,” she said.

“We are fortunate to have Julie O’Brien from Tourism and Events Queensland facilitating these workshops in Cairns and Port Douglas.

“Julie has more than 20 years’ experience in the tourism industry and has worked in the development of the Queensland cruise sector for the past few years including as Deputy Chair of the Australian Cruise Association.”

The Cruise Forum will be held on Tuesday July 31 at Sheraton Grand Mirage Port Douglas from 1pm-3pm.

The same workshop will be repeated in Cairns the following day, Wednesday August 1 at TTNQ, Level 2, 51 Esplanade, Cairns from 2pm-4pm. Entry is $20 per person and can be booked online. The same content will be presented at both workshops.

The workshop is being held as part of the TNQ Tourism Small Business Development Program and is for TTNQ member and non-member businesses that receive a significant portion of revenue from tourism and have less than 20 full-time equivalent employees.
For more information on the workshop or to book your spot, go to and check out the Corporate Events Calendar.


For more information contact:
Kelsey Andersen – [email protected]