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Cruise passengers rank Vancouver experience one of the best in the world

April 25, 2017

Port of Vancouver wins Best Destination Experience Award from Cruise Insights

Vancouver, B.C.: The Port of Vancouver’s cruise terminal at Canada Place has won a 2016 Best Destination Experience Award from Cruise Insights Magazine. The winners are voted by the cruise lines among hundreds of potential destinations worldwide that receive accolades from their customers for their experience at a destination.

In 2016, 826,820 cruise passengers visited Canada Place cruise terminal at the Port of Vancouver, with an expected 840,000 passengers on 237 vessel visits this year. As a top global destination, Vancouver continues to attract a wide spectrum of cruise lines and passengers from around the world. This year, 33 different vessels from 15 cruise lines will be visiting Canada Place cruise terminal at the Port of Vancouver.

Further demonstrating the Port of Vancouver as a Best Destination, today, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) released their 2016 Economic Impact Report outlining the economic contribution of the international cruise industry in Canada. The 2016 cruise season generated 12,000 jobs, $549 million in total wages, and contributed $840 million to national GDP demonstrating the significant impact generated by the Vancouver cruise business. Each vessel that arrives in the Port of Vancouver stimulates, on average, nearly $3 million in direct economic activity in the city of Vancouver.

Key highlights of the cruise industry’s economic impact in Vancouver in 2016, include:

  • 1.6 billion total economic impact in Vancouver
  • $840 million in GDP
  • 12,000 total jobs
  • $549 million in total wages
  • Average direct expenditure per cruise ship visit was approximately $3 million.
  • Vancouver saw 826,820 passenger arrivals in 2016.
  • Vancouver accounted for the highest volume of passenger and crew visits in B.C., with an average spend of $322 and $121 respectively.
  • Vancouver accounted for more than 60 per cent of all cruise passenger arrivals in B.C.
  • Nearly 80 per cent of cruise line spending in B.C. ($422 million) were related to vessels homeporting in Vancouver.

About the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is responsible for the stewardship of the federal port lands in and around Vancouver, British Columbia. It is accountable to the federal minister of transport and operates pursuant to the Canada Marine Act. The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest, and the third largest in North America by tonnes of cargo, facilitating trade between Canada and more than 170 world economies. Located in a naturally beautiful setting on Canada’s west coast, the port authority and port terminals and tenants are responsible for the efficient and reliable movement of goods and passengers, integrating environmental, social and economic sustainability initiatives into all areas of port operations. Enabling the trade of approximately $200 billion in goods, port activities sustain an estimated 100,000 supply-chain jobs, $6.1 billion in wages, and $9.7 billion in GDP across Canada.

Media contact:
Danielle Jang
Media Relations Advisor
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