Uruguay to witness stagnant cruise season in 2016/17

Published on : Monday, October 24, 2016

uruguay-to-witness-stagnant-cruise-seasonDespite behind schedule growth prospects, Uruguay is expecting some 150 cruise calls this coming season 2016/17 which begins next month and represents some 300.000 visitors.


“We are expecting 97 cruise calls in Montevideo and 54 in Punta del Este although we will continue to suffer the consequences of some absent cruise companies which normally tour Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay”, Tourism minister Liliam Kechichian said adding that that the high rates charged to have channel access to Buenos Aires, imposed by the previous Argentine government, are considered “excessive” by some of those companies.


According to official statistics, during the 2015/16 cruise season, 105 vessels called in Montevideo and 56 in Punta del Este totaling 431.000 passengers of which 317.000 including crew members landed in Uruguay. This contributed some 11 million dollars to the local economy.


Kechichian pointed out that despite less calls, “we are expecting a similar number of landings as last year, around 300.000, since although the number of vessels is less they carry more passengers.”


This week October 27 and 28 Punta del Este will be hosting the Fourth Regional meeting of Cruises and Fluvial tourism with the purpose of promoting the cruise business and exchange ideas with the industry. The event is sponsored by the Uruguayan ministry of Tourism, the National Ports Authority, the Hydrographic Department and the local governments of Colonia, Maldonado and Montevideo.

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