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Published on : Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Punta Arenas, capital city of Chile’s southernmost region, Magallanes and Antartica Chilena, is witnessing a robust cruise season.The city welcomed over 20,000 tourists last week, as per the numbers released by the port’s authority.
This includes the 4,000 tourists which landed over the weekend from the Silver Spirit, Queen Victoria and Stella Australis.
Ignacio Covacevich, general manager of the Austral Port Corporation anticipates that “by the end of this week we will have received 38 international cruise calls and some 76,000 visitors and crew members in this season. Compared to the same period last season, which attracted 31 calls and 61,000 passengers and crew members, this is a true record.”
This amounts to nine major cruise calls in the last seven days, over 20,000 visitors which compare favorably with the best seven-day period of 2016.
Covacevich added that ‘if climate conditions are favourable, we will be receiving 23 international calls and 35,700 visitors during this month’. This is 7,000 more compared to the same period last year which received 16 cruise calls and 28.600 passengers.
Located on the Strait of Magellan, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, Punta Arenas is often used as base for excursions by tourists to the surrounding wilderness and Antarctica.