Monday 31st July 2017
SeaLink Travel Group Limited (SLK: ASX) (SeaLink) today announced it is expanding operations for Captain Cook Cruises in Western Australia by introducing services to Rottnest Island, commencing in November 2017. This announcement follows last week’s announcement that it is commencing a new ferry service in Sydney Harbour from Manly to Barangaroo.
Jeff Ellison, Managing Director and CEO of SeaLink, said the Company sees the potential to grow visitor numbers to Rottnest Island and increase Western Australia’s reputation for high quality tourism experiences.
“When SeaLink acquired the Western Australian Captain Cook Cruises business in February 2016, we recognised the opportunity to introduce the Rottnest Island service was a logical and exciting step, capitalising on our current visitor market in WA plus our extensive international market reach.” Mr Ellison said.
Captain Cook Cruises will commence the Rottnest Island service with its 400-passenger high speed water jet catamaran ferry MV Capricornian Sunset, which will be redeployed from SeaLink’s Gladstone operations. The vessel will operate between Fremantle and the Main Jetty on the Island, and will tie in with Captain Cook Cruises’ existing Swan River operations, ensuring a seamless transfer from the Perth CBD to Rottnest Island.
Rottnest Island is an iconic tourism destination for not only Western Australians but all Australian and International visitors. The market for Rottnest Island has been constrained by lack of capacity during peak periods and this will be addressed by the opportunity to access the Island with SeaLink.
“Nearly half a million people visit Rottnest Island each year via commercial ferries and we’re confident we can grow visitor numbers and increase the reputation of the destination by our excellent service and promotion of the Island destination through our extensive domestic and international marketing. We are confident this will increase visitors not only to Rottnest Island but also Western Australia generally and create new jobs for locals.
SeaLink is already exploring ways it can work with both the private and public sector to further enhance the visitor experience on Rottnest Island.
Since SeaLink’s acquisition, all of Captain Cook Cruises’ existing cruise experiences have undergone major enhancements to bring them in line with today’s consumer expectations. This includes new food and beverage menus as well as a refurbishment of the vessels,” Mr Ellison concluded.
Captain Cook Cruises operates leisure cruises out of Barrack Street Jetty on the Swan River to several destinations, including the Swan Valley and the Port of Fremantle.
Scheduling and pricing for the Rottnest Island service will be released closer to the commencement of operations.
For more information please call:
Carla Schaefer, Investor Relations, SeaLink Travel Group, 0409 101 188 or [email protected]
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