Cruise record for Stockholm ports

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New infrastructure results in more cruise calls
This cruise season in Stockholm has set a new record, with total passenger numbers reaching 600,000, up 22% from last year. The cruise visitors spent more than SEK 0.5 billion (€52 million) in the Stockholm region.
The 2017 season concluded on October 13 with the arrival of the Norwegian Getaway at Nynäshamn.
“Every month, almost for the past year, Stockholm has grown as an international tourist destination. The revenue from cruise passenger spending is important for both the tourist industry and for the entire Stockholm region,” explains Thomas Andersson, Visit Stockholm’s chief executive.
Over the course of the season, which started in May, 263 cruise ships called at Ports of Stockholm. Of these a record number, 73 calls, were turnarounds, with passengers beginning or ending their cruises in Stockholm.
In turnarounds, passengers often spend an extra day and night on land, which benefits tourism even further. The SEK 0.5 billion spending includes sightseeing, hotels, restaurants and shopping in Stockholm.
This year, an entirely new cruise ship quay-berth was completed at the port of Värtahamen, enabling more cruise ships to call.
In addition, the installation in 2016 of the Seawalk, a 260-metre-long retractable floating pier at the Port of Nynäshamn, has resulted in increased flexibility and improved service. During the 2017 season, 22 cruise ships called at Nynäshamn, and almost all of these used the Seawalk.
The cruise stats do not include ferry services, which operate all-year-round in the Baltic Sea with routes to Finland, Poland, the Baltic countries and Russia. Each year around 11 million passengers travel using these ferry routes.
TTG Nordic

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