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MEDIA RELEASE - Portland celebrates successful cruise ship season

16 January 2019

The Glenelg Shire is celebrating another successful cruise ship season after recent visits welcomed an influx of international tourists.

Visits from the MS Regatta and the Seven Seas Mariner on 10 and 15 January introduced 1400 international passengers to Portland, exploring the city and the surrounding region through organised tours and shuttle buses.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank described the visits as “overwhelmingly successful” on a number of levels.

“2019 is off to a flying start for the Glenelg Shire following our January cruise ship visits which have provided a significant economic boost for our local traders and assisted to further profile our shire as a must-see destination on the global tourism map,” she said.

“Cruise ship passengers from America, Canada and Europe experienced the best that our region has to offer, enjoying relaxed beach excursions to Cape Bridgewater to Glenelg River cruising in Nelson with a stopover at the Princess Margaret Rose Caves.

“Visitors who opted to explore the city on foot enjoyed our local foreshore and CBD attractions, including the popular foreshore markets.

“Portland itself was abuzz, with the hospitality and retail sectors experiencing a surge in activity across the two visits. Anecdotal feedback also showed that large numbers of tourists from neighbouring areas, such as Hamilton and Port Fairy, came over to Portland for ‘another’ cruise ship day, citing the cruise ship visits as a staple in their calendars.

“These comments reinforce the importance of these visits for our local economy and the community itself, enhancing our regular visitation and ensuring Portland continues to shine.”

Cr Rank said the 2019 cruise ship season would continue beyond the January visits.

“With January’s cruise ship season finished, preparations are now underway for our next cruise ship visit, which will be on 29 December from Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Vasco Da Gama,” she said.

“The ship will be familiar friend to residents as it was previously known as the Pacific Eden, a regular visitor to the SL Patterson berth since cruising arrived five years ago.

“As part of the one-day stopover, 1200 guests and 500 crew members will explore our local sights and attractions. I encourage community members to mark the date in their diaries now and for local businesses to start considering early preparations for what will be yet another exciting and busy cruise ship day for our shire.”

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