BUSINESSES are gathering today at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre to prepare for the arrival of the P&O cruise ship in Gladstone next year.

Presentations will be made from business specialists, GAPDL, the East Shores market coordinator and people within the cruise industry.

The discussions will highlight the regional value of P&O cruise services' arrival and provide information on how businesses can benefit.

Gladstone Regional Council regional strategy portfolio spokesperson Cr Matt Burnett said the P&O visits represented a major boost for the region's tourism growth.


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"As a gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, it is highly appropriate that Gladstone has been recognised as one of a handful of regional ports considered as a regular cruise destination," Cr Burnett said.

Great turnout to the GAPDL P&O Cruise Community Forum this morning at the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre!

Posted by G.A.P.D.L on Tuesday, 29 September 2015


The cruise liner is scheduled to visit Gladstone four times between May and August 2016.

The ship will berth at Auckland Point and there will be up to 10,000 passengers on board.

The Southern Great Barrier Reef Discovery cruise will also stop at the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Island.

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