Councillor urges north-east tourism body to greatly help Peterhead get fair share of cruise liners
THE OCEAN Cloud II coming to Peterhead Harbour.
The organisation responsible for marketing the north-east to tourists has been urged to greatly help Peterhead get its fair share of cruise liners.
Councillor Stephen Smith wants Visit Aberdeenshire to formally back local efforts targeted at providing passengers with information regarding nearby attractions.
At as soon as volunteers run so-called welcome desks to greet travellers and inform them about attractions such as for example Aden Country Park in Mintlaw or Peterhead Prison Museum.
Mr Smith wants the tourism group to totally support the scheme so more folks stay static in the Blue Toon and surrounding area.
Just last month the ocean Cloud II docked at Peterhead sufficient reason for the £51million upgrade of the harbour nearing completion five cruise liners have previously signed up to go to the city.
Mr Smith, the councillor for Peterhead Cruden and South, said the cruise liner sector offers “valuable opportunities” for local business.
He said: “Around 1 / 3 of cruise liner passengers choose to stay static in port rather than continue scheduled excursions. This, together with the needs of several hundred crew who get leisure time throughout their ship’s amount of time in port, means you can find valuable opportunities for local businesses.
“Currently, local efforts have observed many of the cruise lines given ‘welcome desks’ staffed by locals offering info on local attractions such as for example Aden Country Park, the prison museum, Arbuthnot Museum, etc.
“Visit Aberdeenshire must recognise the opportunities within their strategy and invest in supporting the efforts to obtain additional local spend from cruise liner visitors in Peterhead and Buchan.
“The efforts by the neighborhood team heading up the ‘welcome desk’ initiative have already been well-received by cruise passengers and led to visits being made locally which might not otherwise have happened. This initiative has to be built on and supported by Visit Aberdeenshire formally.”
Last, Visit Aberdeenshire boss Chris Foy said these were attempting to “strengthen” the certain area as a destination for cruise liners.
He said: “Peterhead Aberdeen&rsquo and Harbour; s harbours shall play important roles in the development of cruise tourism in the north-east.
“Visit Aberdeenshire is engaged with Peterhead Harbour and can continue to use them to help expand develop and fortify the north-east region as a global class cruise destination for vessels and operators of most sizes.”