Cruise investments needed in Vancouver, says CLIA executive

One of Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) senior executives was recently quoted as stating Vancouver’s cruise ship infrastructure is falling behind as passenger demand increases.

According to a CBC report, Greg Wirtz, CLIA’s president of Northwest & Canada, demand for cruises along the Pacific Coast has increased significantly in recent years and that without significant investment, Vancouver may soon be unable to accommodate the growing traffic.

In his assessment, Wirtz cited the 2014 closure of the Vancouver’s Ballantyne Pier to cruise ships (leaving Canada Place as the city's sole cruise terminal), which he contrasted with recent infrastructure investments in other West Coast ports such as Seattle, which recently unveiled a $30 million renovation to its Bell Street Cruise Terminal, set to welcome Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Bliss next year; $15 million of the renovation was funded by NCL, the report said.

Peter Xotta, Port of Vancouver’s VP of planning and operations, told the CBC that plans for a new cruise facility are currently under discussion with government and the province’s tourism sector.

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