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260,000 passengers at Port of Halifax in 2010

Tue November 2, 2010

“The cruise market continues to bolster the overall performance of our tourism sector and calls for continued focus as an opportunity for sustained growth”, says Patricia Lyall, Destination Halifax President and CEO. “The Halifax experience is rooted in authenticity and starts at the point of first impression with the warm welcome received upon arrival at the Cruise Pavilion. Augmented by the depth and variety of all there is to see and do throughout the region, guests are left wanting more which is prime to enticing a return visit to Nova Scotia.”

Destination Halifax estimates that 8% of all tourists visiting Halifax are cruise passengers. The economic impact is estimated to be $50 million from passenger, crew, and cruise lines to our local area.

“The 2010 cruise season has been so successful thanks to our partners who have all worked together to deliver excellent service,” said Cathy McGrail, Manager of Cruise Development at the Halifax Port Authority. “The Port of Halifax wants to thank all of our partners for their continued support.”

2010 cruise season highlights include:

  • 2 new cruise lines calling the Port of Halifax, which brings a total of 21 cruise lines.
  • 9 inaugural calls of new cruise ships calling the Port of Halifax for the first time

Please see attached photo of Queen Mary 2 while she was docked in Halifax on Saturday.

We look forward to the 2011 cruise season which will start in April 2011.

Michele Peveril
Manager of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs
Halifax Port Authority

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