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Cruise ship plans announced for Liverpool

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21 December 2009

Liverpool is hoping to boost the number of cruise ships that call at the city by three times its existing level, the local authorities have announced.

According to Liverpool County Council, it is hoping to increase annual traffic from 15 cruise liners to 50 over the next five to ten years in an effort to bolster the economy.

Last year, the 15 vessels that stopped in the area attracted over 23,000 passengers and more than 100,000 spectators, which generated approximately £5.7 million.

Working alongside Peel Ports and Merseytravel, the council is formulating a business plan to encourage growth at the city's terminal.

Speaking on behalf of Peel Ports, Mersey Docks managing director Gary Hodgson said the organisations are "committed" to helping Liverpool realise its potential in the sector.

He remarked: "We … believe that there is opportunity in the city for cruise market growth."

Earlier this month, the Daily Mail reported comments made by Gill's Cruise Centre chairman Alistair Gill that UK travellers are becoming more attracted to British cruises as they are more stress free than other holidays.

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