Port of Halifax celebrates welcoming over three million passengers
October 1, 2012 - HALIFAX, N.S. – Today, the Halifax Port Authority will celebrate welcoming over three million cruise passengers to our city.
“This is truly a wonderful milestone and we want to thank everyone in Halifax for making the experience for cruise passengers amazing,” said Cathy McGrail, Manager of Cruise Development, Halifax Port Authority. “Our partners in tourism and the local community have worked hard to provide a memorable experience for passengers visiting our city, which has been essential to cruise growth in Halifax over the past three decades.”
Today also marks the busiest day of the 2012 cruise season with five ships in Halifax with a combined capacity of over 8,600 passengers.
“Congratulations to the Halifax Port Authority on this tremendous milestone,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “Through the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency, we are working in partnership with industry to focus on strategic priorities, such as improved access to Nova Scotia, through cruise and other forms of transportation, to make it even easier for visitors to visit and explore everything our beautiful province has to offer.”
To commemorate this milestone, the HPA is pleased to donate a $1,500 bursary to Nova Scotia Community College, to be presented to a Tourism Management student, based on financial need.
In the 2012 cruise season, the Port of Halifax expects about 130 vessels carrying approximately 240,000 passengers. Annually, the cruise industry contributes $50 million in economic spin offs to the local economy.
For more information, contact:
Senior Manager, Strategic Relations
Halifax Port Authority