16 Apr 2013

Norfolk hopes for boost with cruise ship tourism

3:14 pm on 16 April 2013

The government in the Australian territory of Norfolk Island hopes that beefed-up wharf facilities will encourage cruise ship visits and boost the flagging economy.

Norfolk's economy has been on the wane for several years and efforts to revitalise it through closer links to Canberra are yet to bear fruit.

The island's Chief Minister, Lisle Snell, says tourism is the mainstay but it is not sustainable.

He says they are talking with Carnival Cruises in Australia to have ships call into Norfolk but they need improved port facilities.

"And also the infrastructure changes that have suggested under funding agreements with Australia will certainly go a long way to eliminating the difficulties in unloading cruise ship passengers. Now if that transpires in the next 12 months, two years, we get better port facilities then we will see a return to better tourism prospects for the island."

The Norfolk Island's Chief Minister, Lisle Snell