Group reports cruise ship visit had positive impact
ATTRACTING cruise ships to Fort William will boost the local ecomony.
That’s the conclusion of a Fort William Marine and Shoreline Company (FWMSC) report following the visit of the
Boudicca on September 28. The Fred Olsen vessel anchored in Loch Linnhe, off Fort William, at 6am and remained there until about 4pm. On board were 808 passengers and approximately 400 crew. Passengers made use of new pontoons purpose built for their arrival thanks to the efforts of FWMSC.
A survey was conducted on the day to guage how passengers and crew had enjoyed their visit. The results were found to be largely positive. For example, for the question ‘how would you rate Fort William as a port of call’ 42.7 per cent answered ‘good’, with 35.96 per cent say- ing ‘excellent’ and 21.35 per cent of those asked selecting ‘okay’.
Some of the negative points highlighted related to empty shops on the high street and a need for more toilets. The report concluded: ‘Attracting cruise ships is worth the effort in terms of economic benefit. Fort William already has so much in place. With a little co- ordination, Fort William has every chance of success.’