Friday, September 27, 2013

Cruise Industry Publication Lauds Port of Seattle

The Port of Seattle has been named “Port of the Year” for 2014, by the editors of German cruise industry publication Koehler’s Cruise Guide, with the magazine citing the port’s environmental initiatives and cruise customer experience as factors in the choice.

Koehler’s covers the international cruise industry for travel agents and tourists in the European Union’s largest economy. The award was announced Sept. 24 in Hamburg.

“The Port of Seattle is dedicated to continuous reductions in maritime-related emissions,” the publication said of its choice. “Being a pioneer in shore power for the cruise industry, the US gateway to Alaska offers perfect logistics, as well as passenger friendly downtown locations.”

The Cruise Lines International Association recently estimated that 1.7 million Germans will take an overnight cruise in 2013 – more than any other European nationality.

“Germany is an increasingly important market for Seattle’s cruise and tourism-related businesses,” Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton said. “This recognition will drive home the message that we offer a unique vacation experience even as we work to reduce our environmental footprint.”

Seattle currently leads all West Coast cruise homeports in passenger volume, generating more than 4,000 jobs, $381 million in annual business revenue and $16.8 million annually in state and local tax revenues. Each vessel call generates $2.1 million for the local economy, according to port data.