Port Saint John: Economic impact study finds cruise tourism provides $49.9 million in annual impact to New Brunswick

Port Saint John released updated economic impact figures for the cruise sector in New Brunswick today (June 6) which show total annual impact from the cruise industry in New Brunswick has risen from $41.5 million per year to $49.9 million per year, an increase of 20%.

The new figures were taken from an economic impact study entitled “International Cruise Industry in Canada (2016)”, which was conducted by Business Research & Economic Advisors, and carried out in partnership with the Atlantic Canada Cruise Association.

The total impact included direct spending by cruise lines, passengers, and crew in New Brunswick of $21.5 million, 298 direct jobs in the Province, and $12.5 million in personal income.

“This economic impact study reinforces the importance of the cruise sector in the Province of New Brunswick, and, it highlights the fact that while the ships come to the Port, it is the entire region that make this destination successful for visitors,” said Jim Quinn President & CEO of Port Saint John.

“Our Board of Directors is pleased with the close relationships our Port management has established with the cruise industry and look forward to a continued strong presence in this important sector,” said Philip Brewer, Chair of the Board for Port Saint John.

In 2017, Port Saint John marks 29 years of welcoming cruise guests to Saint John and over the years the destination has solidified its position as a desirable port-of-call on the Canada New England itinerary.

Today, Grandeur of the Seas is in port as one of the 64 ships that will call this year. When the final cruise ship of the year calls on November 1st, approximately 144,000 passengers and 57,700 crew will have been added to the more than 2.4 million cruise guests who have visited Saint John since 1989.

Port Saint John is Canada’s third largest port by tonnage and has a diverse cargo base, including dry and liquid bulk, break bulk, containers, and cruise.

(Port Saint John)