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Proposal by Council to Visit Portugal, Russia and USA to Scope Out Warrenpoint Cruise Potential

13th February 2018
Cruise market potential highlighted for tourism market in district on Carlingford Lough. Afloat adds above is the small cruiseship Saga Pearl II (449 passengers) which has called to the Co. Down port in recent years. Cruise market potential highlighted for tourism market in district on Carlingford Lough. Afloat adds above is the small cruiseship Saga Pearl II (449 passengers) which has called to the Co. Down port in recent years. Photo: Cruise Warrenpoint - facebook

#CruiseLiners - In the pipeline are moves to try and sell Warrenpoint in Co. Down as a key destination to cruise ship operators.

As the Armaghi writes, the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is considering spending £5,340 to send a representative overseas to attend three separate cruise trade shows to scope out potential and make contacts!

Cruise trade shows are described as the industry’s premier events, bringing together buyers, suppliers and cruise line executives, with the benefit of networking, sourcing and education.

The matter is to be considered at council’s enterprise, regeneration and tourism committee when it meets on Monday (yesterday). 

The trio of events – to be held in Russia, Portugal and the United States – would allow those attending “an opportunity to build relationships with key cruise operators and has the potential to grow the cruise market into Warrenpoint”.

An official report to committee will inform councillors that the opportunities from the ‘pocket cruise market’ have been identified in council’s tourism strategy and it should be seen as a priority to grow this.

It states: “The council are actively working on package development with the tourism industry which will help improve the tourism offering for cruise passengers, to encourage them to stay in the district and to generate tourism revenue within the district when ships are in port.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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About Warrenpoint Port

The Original Port of Warrenpoint was constructed in the late 1770s and acted as a lightering port for the much larger Port of Newry.

Following the demise of Newry Port Warrenpoint Harbour Authority was created as a Trust Port by legislation in 1971. The modern Port was completed in 1974 when it covered 28 acres. Since then the port has expanded to its current size of approximately 53 Acres. The Authority has just completed a £22 Million capital infrastructure project (under the terms of a Service of General Economic Interest with the Department for Regional Development) that includes, the construction of a 300 Metres of Deep Water Quay (7.5 Metres C.D), new Ro-Ro berthing facilities, additional lands and covered storage facilities and a new 100 Tonne mobile crane.

  • Warrenpoint Port is the second largest port in Northern Ireland and the fifth-biggest on the island of Ireland.
  • Warrenpoint Harbour Authority was created as a Trust Port by legislation in 1971.
  • In 2018, the value of goods moving through Warrenpoint Port was £6.5 billion. The Port handled 3.56 million tonnes in 2017, increasing to 3.6m in 2018.
  • The port employs 70 staff directly and supports over 1,500 in the local economy.
  • In addition to serving the markets in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, the Port deals with imports and exports from countries and regions across the world including to Spain, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Ukraine and the Americas.

 

At A Glance – Warrenpoint Port

  • Warrenpoint, Newry BT34 3JR, United Kingdom Phone: +44 28 4177 3381

     

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