The Port of Tyne will complete its cruise season this week with two ships today (11 October 2012). Stats have revealed that the port has received 36 calls since April, representing around 80,000 passengers. This represents an increase of 80% year-on-year, while 34 cruise visits are already provisionally booked for next year.
Andrew Moffat, CEO of Port of Tyne, said: “Success in the cruise and ferry business is especially significant in terms of the positive economic impact on the local area, supporting tourism-related businesses and sustaining jobs in the tourism sector.
Sarah Stewart, chief executive of destination management and marketing organisation NewcastleGateshead Initiative, commented: “The Port of Tyne is an important gateway for North East England, and it’s great that cruise lines are offering more destinations to and from the port than ever before. It plays an important role in attracting visitors.”