#cruiseliners - Cruise passenger numbers from Ireland and the UK hit a record two million last year, figures from the Cruise Lines International Association show.
As the Irish Times reports the association bundles together Irish and UK numbers as most of the cruise itineraries take in both islands.
The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) welcomed the record-breaking numbers, noting they signalled a 2 per cent year-on year-growth in passenger numbers.
“The cruise industry is demonstrating considerable growth, and has become an important part of both inbound and outbound Irish tourism,” said ITAA chief executive Pat Dawson.
“By hosting turnarounds Irish ports allow tourists to end their sailing here and travel within Ireland before flying directly home, while Irish holidaymakers join the ship to set sail on their adventure.”
Nonetheless Mr Dawson said it is disappointing that Dublin Port was reducing the number of cruise liners it will host.
Last year saw 150 ships call to Dublin Port and we expect this to rise to over 160 by the end of 2019.
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