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Bunbury rolls out red carpet for Eden

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

The Bunbury community has been applauded for giving the Pacific Eden and its passengers a warm welcome when the cruise ship visited the city at short notice on the weekend.

Cruise Bunbury acting chairman and South West Development Commission industry development officer Mark Exeter praised organisations for the speed at which they came together to roll out the red carpet for visitors on Saturday.

"We were advised on Thursday that the cruise liner would be stopping at Bunbury and within 48 hours, the committee had organised a welcome marquee, welcome packs and free shuttle buses," Mr Exeter said.

"At cruise industry events the committee has attended, we have told cruise companies that if you need a port at short notice, Bunbury can accommodate you - and we proved it on Saturday.

"It was a fantastic effort by everyone involved including the port, visitor centre and Go West, as well as local businesses in the CBD."

Promoting the city as a quality cruise ship destination is one of the activities carried out by Cruise Bunbury which organises familiarisation visits to the area for cruise ship companies.

"We're working on a number of new initiatives to increase Bunbury's appeal as a cruise ship destination," Mr Exeter said.

Cruise Bunbury has also previously organised for Bunbury to be promoted at industry events such as the WA Cruise Exchange in Perth and Seatrade Cruise Global in Florida.

Cruise Bunbury is coordinated by SWDC and comprises representatives from Australia's South West, Bunbury Chamber of Commerce and Industry, City of Bunbury, Southern Ports Authority, and local businesses.

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