The Isle of Man has seen an increase of cruise ships visits to the Island this year, with 28 already booked for 2017.
The figures for 2017 are the highest number of bookings ever for the Isle of Man with bookings already made for 2018 and 2019.
David Cretney MLC, the Department’s political member with responsibility for Tourism, commented:
‘Cruise Business continues to offer a significant opportunity to the Isle of Man. As most passengers come ashore during their visit, they contribute to the local economy both in terms of the excursions they have booked but also secondary spend with local businesses. The Island residents also play an important role in extending a welcome to our cruise visitors, as a cruise ship in Douglas Bay certainly gives the Island a "feel good factor."
‘The Department's recently published Destination Management Plan recognises Cruise Business as a growth opportunity for the Isle of Man and with significant growth in the cruise sector generally, these opportunities are anticipated to increase.’
On the 11th May, 264 passengers aboard the French luxury cruise liner L-Austral will be visiting the Isle of Man for the first time and will be greeted with a special Manx welcome. This will be the first cruise call of the season with a total of 19 cruise calls anticipated this year.
The Department of Economic Development, in partnership with the Department of Environment, Forestry and Agriculture will provide an attractive display of local food, drink and crafts at the Welcome Centre.