Cruise ship visit a welcome boost for lo­cal econ­omy, says coun­cil­lor

The Oban Times - - News -

MORE THAN 1,000 peo­ple ar­rived in Fort Wil­liam when a 30,000 tonne cruise ship stopped off in the town.

‘Ado­nia’ docked at the edge of Loch Linnhe as part of a 13 day tour of the Bri­tish Isles.

The ves­sel brought more than 800 peo­ple and al­most 400 crew mem­bers to Lochaber last Thurs­day.

High­land coun­cil­lor and Lochaber area leader, Thomas Ma­cLen­nan, wel­comed the visit.

He said: ‘It’s great that a ves­sel the size of Ado­nia made a visit to Lochaber as part of its itin­er­ary and I am sure the pas­sen­gers and crew re­ally en­joyed the dra­matic scenery as they trav­elled along the loch.

‘ With an av­er­age pas­sen­ger spend of around £40 to £ 50, the visit gives a welcome ad­di­tional boost to the lo­cal tourism econ­omy.

‘Some visi­tors went on shore ex­cur­sions and oth­ers vis­ited the town, so this en­sured the ben­e­fit was widely spread across Lochaber.’

Mr Ma­cLen­nan and High­land coun­cil are work­ing with other cruse line com­pa­nies to try and bring more ves­sels of this size to Fort Wil­liam to boost the tourism econ­omy.

The Ado­nia de­parted on Thurs­day af­ter­noon af­ter pas­sen­gers en­joyed a rare sunny day in Fort Wil­liam.

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The 30,000 tonne cruise ves­sel, Ado­nia, docked in Fort Wil­liam last week as part of a 13 day tour

of the Bri­tish Isles.

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