Wellington records increase in cruise passengers

Wellington records increase in cruise passengers

The total number of tourists visiting Wellington through cruise ships has recorded an increase of 15 per cent giving a boost to the local economy.

Tourism and cruise industry experts said that the city recorded a successful cruise ship season. Data showed that that a total of 230,000 visitors on 76 ships visit the city this season, setting a new record. They are believed to have pumped upto65.7 million into the local economy this season.Officials said that Wellington is very convenient for cruise passengers as they can do a lot in a short period of time. They said that cruise passengers have been able to take a vineyardtour and be back in a few hours for the cruise.

Derek Nind, the chief executive of Centre-Port pointed out that the total number of visitors to the capital through ships increased by 15 per cent. He said, "Our biggest day was 15 January when the Solstice and Voyager of the Seas brought 9082 passengers into the city on a perfect 'you can't beat Wellington' Friday." He said that there is a trend for larger ships and will continue next year with the arrival of the 168,000-tonne Ovation of the Seas, which will be the largest cruise ship to visit the country ever.

Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency chief executive Chris Whelan pointed out that cruise passengers come to the capital city for a few hours and it is important to deliver value for time. He said that the Wellington's compact, walkable CBD and easily accessible retail and hospitality sectors are well suited for the cruise passengers. He also said that the leading attractions in the city including Cable Car, Zealandia, Te Papa and Weta Workshop tours are also easily accessible.