Charlottetown Harbour Authority estimates $10.4 million in economic activity was generated this year
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Three cruise ships stopped by Charlottetown on Oct. 9: The Norwegian Dawn, The Emerald Princess and The Brilliance of the Seas. The number of cruise ship visits to P.E.I. in August 2013 were double what they were in the same month last year.
It was a banner year at the port of Charlottetown.
The 2013 cruise ship season welcomed a record number of passengers and crew, generating an estimated $10.4 million in economic impact for the province.
That figure surpasses last year’s total by a staggering $3 million, confirming the value the cruise industry to P.E.I. and the region.
The 2013 cruise season closed with total visitation of 93,000 passengers and 41,500 crew. These numbers surpass last year’s by 25,400 and 9,800, respectively.
“A contributing factor to this year’s success has been the addition of the Holland America’s summer sailings, along with an incredible fall season accompanied by great weather,” explains Les Parsons, chief executive officer of the Charlottetown Harbour Authority.
The 2012 season recorded 51 ship visits and 67,562 passengers, and had seven ship calls cancel due to inclement weather.
“Seeing the year over year increase in cruise visitation to PEI speaks volumes for the efforts that have been placed on growing this business,” says Stan MacPherson, chairman of the board for the Charlottetown Harbour Authority.
Next year looks promising, too.
“Now that we’ve seen such significant growth over the past number of years, we will be looking to maintain these numbers for the 2014 season,” says Corryn Morrissey, manager of marketing and communications with the Charlottetown Harbour Authority. “With the cruise industry facing emission control legislation in our region, we are pleased with our numbers.”