#CruiseLiners - Cruise liner visits are worth more than €40 million annually to the Cork economy, it has emerged.
According to TheCorkNews.ie, the economic boost comes with a 50% in cruise visitor numbers last year, with 88,000 passengers coming to the city on 57 liners.
"Figures from the Port of Cork suggest that cruise liner passengers contribute €40.9 million and 197 full time equivalent jobs to the regional economy." said Jerry Buttimer, Fine Gael TD for Cork South Central.
Buttimer also commented that while the cruise industry "is not a lucrative source of revenue for port companies themselves, it provides considerable benefit for the local and wider regional economy."
By the end of this month alone, the Port of Cork is expected to have welcomed 21 cruise liners carrying up to 30,000 passengers, towards a projected total of more than 60 for the 2013 season.
TheCorkNews.ie has more on the story HERE.