Nanaimo's Future Cruise Ship Dock.
| NANAIMO – The Province will invest $5 million to further develop a cruise ship facility in Nanaimo’s inner harbour that is expected to draw up to 50 cruise ship visits annually, Premier Gordon Campbell and Nanaimo-Parksville MLA Ron Cantelon announced today. |
NANAIMO – The Province will invest $5 million to further develop a cruise ship facility in Nanaimo’s inner harbour that is expected to draw up to 50 cruise ship visits annually, Premier Gordon Campbell and Nanaimo-Parksville MLA Ron Cantelon announced today.
“There are tremendous opportunities for Nanaimo to tap into the cruise ship tourism market and create jobs and economic growth in the region,” said Campbell. “Right now cruise ships have to anchor in the harbour and tender passengers ashore. This investment brings Nanaimo closer to realizing the goal of converting the Assembly Wharf into a facility that will make the community an even more attractive destination for cruise ship lines.”
2007 was a record-breaking season for cruise ship visits to Nanaimo as the port hosted calls by 15 large cruise ship visits and 21 pocket cruise ships, bringing 30,418 people ashore. On average, each spent between $80 and $100, injecting over $3 million into Nanaimo’s economy. Once complete, the upgrade is expected to generate between 30 and 50 cruise ship visits and up to $9 million in direct passenger spending in the community and the Central Vancouver Island region.
“This funding for a new cruise ship facility is another major step forward for Nanaimo’s community vision,” said Cantelon. “The port will draw more tourists, more economic activity and more jobs, benefiting not just Nanaimo, but the entire Central Island.”
“The proposed cruise ship terminal will dovetail very well with our ongoing revitalization of Nanaimo's downtown core through the Port of Nanaimo Centre Project with its Vancouver Island Conference Centre component,” said Nanaimo Mayor Gary Korpan. “We’re pleased that the Province has seen the enormous potential of the cruise ship terminal and made this investment today.”
The port has developed credibility, with Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise Lines including Nanaimo in their itineraries despite the port not having a large enough dock for ships to berth.