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Cruise Friendly Destination Hits Record
Friday, 01 April 2011

When the Pacific Pearl sails out of the harbour on April 5 she will set the seal on a record cruise ship season for CentrePort. 

 The Pacific Pearl will be the 60th liner to call at Wellington during the 2010/2011 cruise season, which runs from October through to April. In 2009/2010 cruise season, 46 ships visited the capital. 

CentrePort Chief Executive Blair O’Keeffe said today the present cruise season had brought over 125 000 passengers and crew to Wellington.

“Looking ahead, there’s even better news,” Mr O’Keeffe said. “Cruise liner bookings for the coming season have been confirmed at 80 – with several of them coming for the Rugby World Cup. That represents a 74 % increase in the past two years.

He said it was estimated cruise vessels would inject more than $31 million to the region’s economy during the 2011/2012 season.

“CentrePort has worked hard,  in conjunction with Positively Wellington Tourism and Cruise New Zealand to promote Wellington as a cruise friendly destination, Mr O’Keeffe said.

Wellington has a dedicated cruise passenger transit terminal, visitor information facilities, and  provides shuttle buses and taxi services. And the completion of the City Council’s “Greening of the Quays” project will improve the experience of passengers choosing to walk to or from the CBD,” Mr O’Keeffe said.

 

Contact:

Blair O’Keeffe

495 3800

 
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