Nov. 3, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Saint John has set a new record for visits by cruise ship passengers, with close to 190,000 disembarking in the port city in 2009.
Tourism and Parks Minister Stuart Jamieson applauded the achievement on Tuesday as the Queen Mary, the last ship to visit this season, departed Saint John on its return voyage to New York.
"Saint John and the port authority are to be congratulated for their continued success in making the city a world-class cruise ship destination," said Jamieson. "This sector offers tremendous opportunity for growth for the tour operators, restaurants, retailers, craftsman, artisans and other businesses that offer services to the cruise ship industry."
Seventy-three cruise ships dropped anchor in Saint John in 2009. The Saint John Port Authority also opened its new $11-million Marco Polo Cruise Terminal, providing passengers with a modern and comfortable environment from which to start their visit to the province.
"We are very pleased with yet another record year in cruise," said Al Soppitt, president and chief executive officer, Saint John Port Authority. "We are excited about the future prospects and growth potential of this sector, which will continue to make a significant contribution to the province's annual tourism results."
Saint John was named one of the top three ports of call in the world at the Seatrade Insider's Cruise Awards. Jamieson had recently travelled to Miami to meet with the cruise line industry there.
MEDIA CONTACT: Paul Harpelle, communications, Department of Tourism and Parks, 506-444-4454 or firstname.lastname@example.org.