Another Jewel on our horizon
P&O cruise ship the Pacific Jewel will make its second visit to the Sunshine Coast this week when it drops anchor off Mooloolaba.
The Wednesday, May 11 stopover adds to a spectacular past few weeks for tourism on the Sunshine Coast, coming hot on the heels of the Australian Surf Life Saving Titles held at three Coast beaches and the World Outrigger Sprint Championships which are being staged at Lake Kawana until Sunday.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said another warm welcome awaited the 1950 passengers expected to come ashore during Pacific Jewel’s visit.
“I very much look forward to welcoming our cruise ship guests as they arrive at the Wharf Markets at Mooloolaba on Wednesday and from there they’ll have easy access to the region’s many attractions including Australia Zoo, the Eumundi Markets and our hinterland,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Local tourism ambassadors will provide official Sunshine Coast visitor guides and once again our TAFE Queensland East Coast students will be stationed along the Mooloolaba Esplanade with specially branded surfboards for unique photo opportunities.
“Council has worked hard to encourage and support the arrival of these cruise ships and we’re very excited to welcome six more this year, starting with Wednesday’s arrival of the Pacific Jewel.
“Each cruise ship visit can potentially deliver
s an estimated $250,000 boost to the local economy and our businesses and tourism operators are doing an outstanding job in recognising the fantastic opportunities these visits present.”