Fremantle Ports report that they have a record number of cruise ship passenger this financial year that already exceeded 100,000 and will increase. Already 111,555 passengers have been to Fremantle this financial year and 98,000 of them disembarked or started their holiday here.
Over a million Australians had a cruise holiday last year and a total of 43 cruise liners will visit the port of Fremantle this financial year.
The challenge for Fremantle is to keep as many cruise ship passengers in town and not let them hop on busses to the Pinnacles and Swan Valley and that requires the local traders to work together with COF and the Chamber of Commerce to create incentives.
There is huge economic potential for Fremantle in the cruise ship industry but tapping into it is made difficult because the cruise companies want to organise all the tours and bookings to make more money.