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From introducing tours to time in with ship schedules, or employing more staff to help cover double cruise ship days, the capital’s businesses should make the most of the cruise ship opportunities.
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51% of cruise passengers who visit Wellington are Australian
Cruise passengers aren't accounted for in official tourism arrival reporting
The 2015/16 cruise season saw close to 165,000 cruise ship passengers visit Wellington, worth $58 million to the local economy. This year is tracking to be our biggest season ever, which means great things for Wellington retailers and attractions.
Cruise passengers have just a few hours - usually from 8am to 6pm - to explore and experience the attractions, shopping and culture of Wellington. To make the most out of the cruise opportunity and build our reputation as a cruise-friendly destination, it's important that Wellington is prepared for these visitors.
The following tips and ideas can help retailers make the most out of the cruise season:
For arrival and departure times, as well as number of passengers for each ship, be sure to check out the full schedule of ships coming into Wellington port this season.
Cruise New Zealand provides detailed information on the ship size and style, as well as passenger and crew numbers.
Cruise schedules can change throughout the season, particularly due to weather conditions, so for more cruise information, please check CentrePort Wellington.