Lyttelton Port will be getting a new cruise ship berth worth $56m. The new berth is due to be finished in Spring 2017 and is designed to accomodate large ships that carry over 7000 passengers and crew.
• The 2011 earthquakes have prevented most cruise ships from going to the Lyttelton Port, instead they’ve had to bypass through to Akaroa.
• The cruise ship industry is very valuable to New Zealand tourism, the annual forecast is due to grow to $490m this year and the number of cruise ship passengers has grown by 48 percent over the past five years.
• CCT Cruise spokesperson Caroline Blanchfield said it would ” rehabilitate’ Christchurch in the eyes of the Australian cruise passengers, who then returned for a land-based holiday.
• Cruise New Zealand board member Tony Petrie has said it is also possible that Christchurch could become a “turnaround” port for ships carrying under 1500 guests, boosting arrivals into the the city’s airport & creating further economic benefits from refuelling & reprovisioning.
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