£2million injection into local economy

CREST OF A WAVE: The Artenia in Portland Harbour

CREST OF A WAVE: The Artenia in Portland Harbour

First published in News

A £2MILLION boost is estimated to sail into the local economy next year thanks to big spenders on cruise liners.

After enjoying the biggest cruise season to date this summer, the island’s commercial port is set to break its own record in 2013 with 19 cruise calls already confirmed.

The Olympic year saw Portland Port attract a total of nine cruise liners for day calls, which included 9,000 passengers.

According to the latest figures, passengers spend an average of £100 each on a European port call – which would mean an estimated £900,000 to the local economy for the 2012 season.

Seven of the nine cruise liners were maiden calls to Portland, and were commemorated with a plaque presentation on board the ship.

Ian McQuade, commercial general manager, said: “It’s very exciting to welcome a new call and important to us that they have a great experience.”

The biggest cruise ship to visit the port in 2012 was Royal Caribbean’s ‘Jewel of the Seas’.

With 1,980 passengers on board and weighing approximately 90,000 gross tonnes, the vessel dominated the quayside.

Passengers enjoyed excursions to local landmarks as well as visiting the borough.

Budmouth A-level students volunteer on the quayside whenever there is a German cruise ship in, to offer information to passengers in their native language.

For British and American cruise calls, Weymouth College travel and tourism students provide passengers with information.

Paid work is also provided with the Nothe Fort artillery, Wey-mouth Concert Brass Band and Portland Town Crier brought in by the port to entertain passengers on the quayside.

The port’s focus now switches to 2013 which is set to be another record-breaker.

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1:02pm Fri 19 Oct 12

snowleopard says...

So why not abandon all the £4,000,000
on Weymouth Quay and invest a much smaller amount in relocating Condor to Portland Port as they seem more tuned in to sea passenger needs than W&PBC
So why not abandon all the £4,000,000 on Weymouth Quay and invest a much smaller amount in relocating Condor to Portland Port as they seem more tuned in to sea passenger needs than W&PBC snowleopard
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4:28pm Fri 19 Oct 12

Isosceles says...

snowleopard
Sounds like a good idea but this might mean some council staff sitting there with nothing to do, (sorry, I forgot, some of them do that anyway, judging by the height of the weeds on the pavements in our road).
snowleopard Sounds like a good idea but this might mean some council staff sitting there with nothing to do, (sorry, I forgot, some of them do that anyway, judging by the height of the weeds on the pavements in our road). Isosceles
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6:17pm Sun 21 Oct 12

bollywood says...

It is working well because W&P have notg ot a hand in it. Get Condor located there as quick as you can. Don't bring passengers into Weymouth Town Centre it is looking an absolute mess and uncared for.
It is working well because W&P have notg ot a hand in it. Get Condor located there as quick as you can. Don't bring passengers into Weymouth Town Centre it is looking an absolute mess and uncared for. bollywood
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8:00pm Mon 22 Oct 12

bootedsw says...

Does Portland port have a linkspan? If they haven't I wonder who will have to pay to put one in to the standard that a ferry company would want. More than £4 million? Oh and the quay will still need to be fixed.
Does Portland port have a linkspan? If they haven't I wonder who will have to pay to put one in to the standard that a ferry company would want. More than £4 million? Oh and the quay will still need to be fixed. bootedsw
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