The British Columbia economy enjoys significant benefits from the growing cruise industry. The 2013 cruise season saw a considerable increase of 11% in passengers over the previous season.
More than 1.3 million passengers visited the BC communities of Nanaimo, Prince Rupert, Vancouver and Victoria on a total of 455 calls in 2013. This cruise activity generated an estimated total economic impact of $1.6 billion to the BC economy. Direct passenger and crew spending totaled $228 million and cruise line spending was $422 million in BC while overall business tax contributions were $59 million. BC is the largest cruise region in Canada, accounting for over 50% of all Canadian cruise traffic, with Vancouver and Victoria leading as the first and second largest cruise ports in Canada.
"The cruise industry in BC promotes a healthy provincial economy by supporting approximately 8,400 full time jobs in 2013," noted Cruise BC Chair Rebecca Penz. "The 455 calls to the four BC ports boost many sectors within the province including tourism operations, marine trades, and retail and restaurant businesses."
Economic impacts and benefits were felt throughout the province's cruise ports in 2013:
For 2014, the Nanaimo Port Authority is evaluating service upgrades to the cruise terminal which may see the installation of fresh water lines. Nanaimo is also excited to have the large Celebrity Solstice make her inaugural visit to Nanaimo in September.
As the Alaska theatre continues to bounce back, the Prince Rupert Port Authority is optimistic that its business will continue to grow. Currently Prince Rupert has 10 cruise calls confirmed for next summer.
Port Metro Vancouver anticipates another successful season in 2014 with a forecasted 244 calls and over 800,000 passengers. They look forward to welcoming their long-time cruise line customers and two new home ported vessels, the Crown Princess and the Pacific Princess. The Port also looks forward to seeing the Celebrity Solstice in Vancouver for the first time for two repositioning calls.
Victoria will welcome 214 cruise ships and 462,000 passengers in 2014. A new water shuttle will be used to transport passengers from Ogden Point to downtown, providing a new and exciting experience for passengers.
Cruise BC Association is the cruise industry leader in BC, acting on behalf of its members to market BC ports to cruise lines, travel trade and consumers in order to continue to realize the potential of the cruise industry in BC and continue the sector's significant contribution to the BC economy.
SOURCE: Cruise BC Association
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