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Loss of cruise trade a £14m blow to Belfast's economy


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A cruise ship visits Belfast last year

A cruise ship visits Belfast last year

A cruise ship visits Belfast last year

The shuddering halt of the cruise sector due to Covid-19 is expected to cost Belfast's economy £14m by the end of the season.

Prior to the pandemic, Belfast was set to receive 129 cruise calls between March and October, bringing an estimated 310,000 cruise visitors and generating around £108,000 per cruise.

The growth in visits has been one of the biggest success stories of Belfast's modern economy and arrivals have sky-rocketed from two liners in 1999 to 117 in 2018.