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Published on 24 November 2022
Port Fairy will welcome passengers from the Coral Adventurer Cruise Ship when it anchors in Port Fairy Bay on Friday.
Mayor Cr Karen Foster sad the ship was expected to arrive tomorrow morning, with passengers coming ashore in smaller launch craft from 9am, before departing around midday.
“This is the second cruise ship visit and it’s great to see Port Fairy is becoming a destination for sea faring tourists,” Cr Foster said.
“Last year we welcomed guests from the Caledonian Sky and in previous years visitors have been brought to Port Fairy from Portland via bus.
“This is a bit of a new tourism sector for us, but we are very keen to ensure the guests feel welcome so they get a taste of the Moyne experience are encouraged to come back later and explore the wider region in the future.”
Cr Foster said it was encouraging to see tourism continuing to bounce back strongly following the COVID pandemic.
“Our latest data shows the visitor economy for the first half of the year was up almost 60 per cent on pre-COVID figures. So we have bounced back stronger than ever and it shows Port Fairy and Moyne is a destination of choice,” she said.
“The additional exposure that our back-to-back wins in the Victorian Top Tourist Town Awards is starting to have an impact. It’s also allowing us to showcase the other incredible experiences visitors can have across Moyne with areas like Budj Bim, Tower Hill and the incredible Volcanic lakes and plains.”