Char­lot­te­town cruise vis­its on pace for record-break­ing sea­son: port

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

Char­lot­te­town’s cruise ship sea­son is off to a record­break­ing start, says the city’s port cor­po­ra­tion.

Three months into this year’s sea­son, Port Char­lot­te­town is re­port­ing that 36,000 pas­sen­gers and crew have come ashore.

The port says pas­sen­ger counts are up 42 per cent and crew counts 16 per cent, trans­lat­ing to around $10 mil­lion in di­rect and indi­rect eco­nomic im­pact for the prov­ince.

“We are very pleased with our year-to-date num­bers,” said Port Char­lot­te­town CEO Les Par­sons. “In our slower time of year for cruise, we are al­ready gen­er­at­ing over $3 mil­lion in eco­nomic im­pact per month, and this doesn’t in­clude the ag­gre­gate or petroleum side of port busi­ness.”

Port Char­lot­te­town ex­pects the num­bers to climb even higher over next three months. “Tra­di­tion­ally our busiest time of year is Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber,” said Cor­ryn Cle­mence, busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager at the port.

“With such strong spring num­bers al­ready re­ported, and our Au­gust num­bers ex­pect­ing to dou­ble last year’s, this will be our best sea­son yet.”

The port ex­pects the fi­nal count to be close to 156,000 pas­sen­gers and crew, in­clud­ing the first-ever call of the Disney Magic on Oct. 24.

The port ex­pects al­most $40 mil­lion in di­rect and indi­rect eco­nomic im­pact by the end of the sea­son.

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