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Ex-UK embarks up 10% and 20% rise in transit calls to Britain

Ex-UK embarks up 10% and 20% rise in transit calls to Britain

The value of cruising to Britain’s tourism economy was further enhanced in 2013 by a 10% growth in passenger embarkations to 1.04m and the 20% year-on-year increase in day calls which reached 866,000 last year.

Each passenger visit at a British port (combining the embarkation and day call numbers and excluding air fares) generated an average spend of €100 per passenger visit, an increase of 10% over 2012. 

Passenger spend forms an integral part of the overall cruise line spend in the UK which accounted for over €3bn last year. The estimated €3.01bn includes passenger and crew expenditure, cruise line purchases, ship repair and employee remuneration.

'Cruise tourism is a valuable source of income to ports and destinations across Britain and is increasingly being factored into local and regional tourism,' says Daren Taylor, chair of CruiseBritain, during Seatrade Med 2014. The figures for day calls at British ports are increasing steadily and have nearly quadrupled over the last ten years,’ he added.

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