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Cruise industry set to help Welsh economy in future

Date Posted: 01 Jul 2009
Over the next four years thousands of extra pounds could be brought to the Welsh economy as a result of the growing cruise industry.

The North Wales Daily Post has indicated that by 2013 it is hoped that Holyhead port will attract an extra 30 vessels every year.

Plans have already been made that ten ships will head to Anglesey next year, with passengers and staff helping to add an extra £800,000 to the local economy.

According to the publication, Cruise Wales director Margaret Llewellyn said: "By 2013 we would like to see 30 ships. We don't think that is too aspirational. Dublin does over 70.

"We want to be the next Baltic. That's our ambition."

She added that Wales had been left behind in recent years compared with the likes of Scotland and Ireland in terms of keeping up with increasing demand for cruise holidays.

Among the destinations that holidaymakers can expect to visit while enjoying family cruises around the Baltic are Copenhagen in Denmark, Tallinn in Estonia and Gdansk in Poland.

Written by Chris Smith


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