Next year will see a cruise ship arrive and stay overnight in the port of Montrose, Scotland with the hope of further calls to the Angus port.
According to The Courier, there are ambitious plans in operation to attract cruise ships to Montrose and next year’s visit by an un-yet named vessel will certainly be a boost to the local economy.
Whilst the port cannot manage the size of ships that can berth at the next local port of Dundee, such as Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) Magellan, it is hoped that ships with capacity of 400 passengers will still be able to berth in the port of Montrose in the hope that they can attract up to ten short-stay cruises per year.
Speaking to The Courier, MP for Angus, Mike Weir was excited about the plans for attracting cruise ships to Montrose. He said:
“Montrose Port is a very forward thinking and dynamic business. They are dipping their toes in the water by looking at the cruise ship market and this is an exciting venture that could have wider benefits for Angus.The first cruise ship is set to dock in the port next year and can provide a real boon to the local economy.”
“A cruise ship will normally come into a port and stay for a day or so and whilst it’s there the passengers and crew will spend money in the local town. There will also normally be excursions to local landmarks and businesses across Angus and the hope is that people enjoy Angus so much that they come back.”
“The more people can talk up Angus, the better. We have some fantastic businesses and tourist attractions and we need word of mouth to spread to bring more people in to visit them.”
Nik Scott-Gray, Chief Executive of Montrose Port Authority met with Mike Weir and was encouraged by the support shown by the MP for the development plans at Montrose Port. He said on Montrose Port Authority’s website:
“We had a very useful and constructive meeting with Mike Weir where he expressed his support for our ongoing port development plans, as well as our proposals for the Tay Cities Deal initiative and our strategy to attract cruise ships to the port.”
“These developments will deliver real and tangible economic benefits to Montrose and the wider Angus economy, and the cruise ship initiative in particular brings exciting new opportunities to develop the considerable tourism potential of the area.”
This news provides a further boost to the local area with Dundee enjoying continued success with Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) Magellan visiting the city for the past two years and also will be visiting this year, with 6 visits scheduled for 2017 season and itineraries for a further 6 calls in 2018 have recently been released.
Source: The Courier, Montrose Port Authority
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