Millions of cruise ship passengers have arrived in Vancouver over the years and today, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority marked a milestone with the arrival of the 25 millionth cruise passenger through the Port.
“We are thrilled this year to welcome the 25 millionth cruise passenger through the Port of Vancouver and to celebrate this achievement with our destination, cruise line, and industry partners,” said Robin Silvester, president and chief executive officer at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. “For more than 40 years, we’ve been welcoming cruise passengers to the beautiful city of Vancouver.”
The achievement, he added, “is a testament to the joint efforts with our partners to promote Vancouver as a top cruise and tourism destination.”
This year, 32 different vessels from 14 cruise lines will visit the Canada Place cruise terminal and more than 895,000 cruise passengers are expected.
“It is wonderful to be celebrating Vancouver’s 25 millionth cruise passenger just a few days before the start of Tourism Week,” said Ty Speer, President & CEO of Tourism Vancouver. “The cruise industry has been drawing visitors to Vancouver from around the world for the past 40 years and has become a central pillar of our city’s visitor economy.”
The Vancouver cruise industry stimulates close to $3 million to the local economy for each cruise ship that visits Canada Place and $1.6 billion in total economic impact, as passengers enjoy additional vacation time in Vancouver, Victoria, and surrounding areas.