Why does our mayor (who is also Chair of Cruise Newfoundland and Labrador) love the cruise industry so? Money makes the world go ’round, and what the cruise industry is worth to St. John’s is still growing impressively after all these years. Here’s a pile of new facts released this week:

  • Cruise NL expects 105 port calls by cruise ships visiting 20 provincial ports in 2017.
  • It’s estimated that the province will host approximately 92,000 passengers and crew this year which will be an 82% increase over 2016 visitation.

“While the number of cruise visitors to Newfoundland and Labrador is growing so too is the number of companies featuring our province,” said O’Keefe. “We’re delighted to have TUI, Disney and Viking Cruises starting to bring business to the province for the first time this year.”

  • According to “The Economic Contribution of the International Cruise Industry in Canada” prepared by Business Research and Economic Advisors, the cruise industry generated $12.2 million in revenue for the Newfoundland and Labrador economy in 2016.
  • Cruise lines, passengers and crew spending generated $6 million in direct revenue for the province and a further $6.2 million in indirect revenue.
  • Visitation in 2017 is expected to generate an increase in economic impacts on the provincial economy this season. The season will conclude on October 28 with the Norwegian Jem’s visit to Corner Brook and Artania’s visit to St. John’s.