Group re­ports cruise ship visit had pos­i­tive im­pact

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

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.’

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