Tasports (Tasmanian Ports Corporation) has announced that it will be constructing a new cruise passenger terminal at the Macquarie Wharf Shed No.2 in Hobart. The shed presently acts as a cruise transit facility.

“Cruise tourism in Australia is experiencing an upward trend and Tasmania is a strategic port location between Australia and New Zealand as well as for any domestic and round-the-world cruises,” said Karen Rees, segment marketing manager at Tasports. “Hobart is considered a marquee port and the down-town location of the cruise berth is part of its attraction.”

The new $7 million development, which will double as logistics facility for Antarctic and Southern Ocean research operations, will provide a dedicated cruise terminal for passenger arrivals. Plans are also in place to reconfigure traffic arrangements for tour buses and taxis.

Work is set to commence after the 2012/2012 cruise season.

Do you think this development will have a big impact on the Australian cruise industry?