Cruise ships will have to remain anchored for a while as the risk of COVID-19 infection is not expected to resume travel anytime soon.
International cruises are expected to be banned “for some time” as question marks surface on domestic cruises valued at a staggering $ 5 billion to the Australian economy.
Coronavirus has the potential to be widespread on cruise lines. Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said the ships’ high risk is the reason the industry is still on hold.
SeaDream crossed the Mediterranean last year. (Delivered)
“Cruising is a tough one,” said Birmingham this morning.
“The Cruise industry is doing some work to show health officials how to deal with the problems on cruise lines. “
Cruise ships were notorious for mass coronavirus outbreaks when the pandemic first broke out.
Thousands of vacation rooms were turned into quarantine cells as thousands of travelers were locked in their cabins when nations refused to allow infected ships to dock earlier this year.
A request in the Ruby Princess Debacle found at least 28 deaths and 662 coronavirus cases have been linked to the cruise ship’s outbreak in NSW.Commerce Secretary Simon Birmingham says cruise lines are unlikely to be operating anytime soon. (Nine)
Mr Birmingham said cruise companies were “busy” convincing health officials they could operate again and restoring “public confidence”.
“We certainly won’t see international cruises for some time, but if some of the native elements can get back on board we’ll see them stack up.”
The cruise line ban affects not only travelers, but also many Australian companies who rely on the industry to support the jobs of 25,000 people in the country.
Entrepreneurs fear a new wave of job losses as the sector is crippled in the normally busy season.
Revitalizing the Queensland Tourism Industry
The Commerce Secretary said NSW and Victoria were worth $ 8 billion combined to the Queensland tourism industry.
Mr Birmingham urged tourists to book tours and experiences, not just flights and accommodations.
People relax on Burleigh Heads Beach on the Gold Coast. (Getty)
“There are thousands of small businesses, tens of thousands of jobs, all of which may be desperate for visitors to come back,” he said.
“So please book, make plans and go out and support them.”
There are also hopes of a breakthrough if New Zealanders are allowed to travel to Australia and return home without being quarantined, which would help revive the country’s economy.
“We welcome them, but they cannot return home without quarantine and that means it is not feasible to come for a short vacation,” said Birmingham.
“We hope that we can make this breakthrough soon and build on it with other countries.”