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Cruise industry vital to Orkney economy

Date Posted: 15 Jun 2009
The cruise industry plays a pivotal role in helping the economy in Orkney, it has been revealed.

Cruise ships boost the economy in the archipelago in northern Scotland by £2.8 million every year, a recent survey by GP Wilde International has discovered.

This is done through between 60 or 70 ships arriving in Orkney each year, which helps to bring around 300,000 passengers to the area.

Most of these cruise ships stop at Kirkwell, with most of the income made from these breaks coming through historic sites, gift shops and distilleries.

Meanwhile, the survey also found that 94 per cent of passengers came ashore from their boat, while 85 per cent of these make at least one purchase.

Councillor Jim Foubister, chairman of transportation and infrastructure committee, said: "For some time there has been a myth that cruise ship passengers simply arrive at our harbours, board tour buses and spend the whole day touring with out any real evidence of economic benefit to the County of Orkney generally.

"This survey destroys that myth."

Princess Cruises is one company that head in and out of Scotland, with its Sea Princess vessel stopping in places including Loch Lomand and Glasgow Cathedral.

Written by Chris Smith

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