P&O Cruises is looking to base itself in Cairns for a further two months as it expects an estimated 13,000 holidaymakers to cruise to nearby regions including Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.
The Cairns Post recently published in an article by David Bateman that P&O’s Pacific Eden on the weekend became the first cruise ship to be based in Cairns.
The report states that P&O Cruises vice-president sales and marketing Simon Cheng said the company would love to base one of its ships in Cairns for longer than two months.
The hottest destination for the cruises in Papua New Guinea is the Conflicts Islands in Milne Bay Province. Owned by millionaire Ian Gowrie-Smith, the islands have recently been a much desired destination among holiday makers much due to its pristine beaches and of course the remoteness of it away from mainland Papua New Guinea.
There are other islands around the area like Kutava and Doini that have also proved popular and these have become regular features in the P&O cruises.
But these aren’t the only destinations that P&O is looking at.
Mr Cheng also says that the company “would love to offer passengers leaving Cairns more destinations in the near future”.
This is an opportunity for other Papua New Guinea islands to “step up” and prove that they’re capable of being a destination that P&O can list. Islands in the New Ireland and Milne Bay Province with their pristine beaches and coral reefs have a lot to offer and tourism stakeholders should seriously consider the opportunities arising from P&O’s recent developments.