Port of Sydney to welcome 135,000 cruise tourists

Published on : Saturday, April 1, 2017

Port of SydneyThe Port of Sydney, N.S., is getting ready to embrace a record 135,000 cruise tourists marking this cruise ship season as one of the most promising ever.


The estimated number of cruise tourists to be welcomed by this port marks a 67% rise from that of the year 2016 and would surpass the existent high mark of 99,372 passengers. Bernadette MacNeil who is the manager of cruise marketing and development for the Port of Sydney said that the cruise chips that are arriving in this season in 2017 are quite large and hence they are being able to carry more passengers.


She mentioned that they have five inaugural calls including Disney Cruise Line that makes a comeback now so the cruise season is quite busy currently.


MacNeil also credits the membership in the Atlantic Canada Cruise Association for the rapid increase in the cruise traveller numbers owing to a strong marketing plan. The projected budget of the port has almost halved its revenue that mounts to $936,000 that comes from passenger tax.


Bruce Meloney, a business based in Sydney also feels that the present cruise shipping season is going to be ‘absolutely huge’.


He remarked that this would play a key role in ushering in a generous amount of finance to the island. And, MacNeil added that the success can also be attributed to another factor that is the fact that the Port of Sydney is really well-positioned. She also mentioned that a Harbour Hopper for Sydney might also be quite a strong possibility for the summer.


Ambassatours Gray Line runs tours utilizing the amphibious vehicles and is also looking to get one in the region of Sydney.


The first of the 90 cruise ships is expected to arrive on 30th April and this is truly the earliest that a cruise ship has ever been docked in Sydney.


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