Sea Princess comes calling

And the tourism figures for Gisborne are looking ever more rosy.

And the tourism figures for Gisborne are looking ever more rosy.

Ship Sea Princess
Ship Sea Princess

IT WAS touch and go for a while this morning but cruise ship Sea Princess finally went to anchor in Poverty Bay to start the first cruise ship visit of the summer here.

The giant floating hotel nosed into the Bay at around 7am.

“The ship’s captain had a good look at the conditions and went to anchor for a while to see if the sea would moderate and it did,” an Eastland Port official said.

The first tenders started to come away from the ship at around 9am.

“It was about half an hour later than anticipated but in that time the southerly wind dropped as forecast, and the choppy conditions in the Bay moderated sufficiently for the captain to be happy to start unloading passengers.”

The Sea Princess was to sail again for Wellington a little later than scheduled at around 6pm tonight.

It is the first of 13 cruise ship visits to Gisborne this season.

Tourism is playing an ever greater role in Gisborne's life, as the latest monthly regional tourism estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment show. The tourism spend for Gisborne rose $300,000 in one month alone.

MBIE estimates that visitors spent about 3 percent to $12 million in October.

That means tourists have spent an estimated $135 million for the year to October 2016, up 6 percent compared with the year to October 2015.

MBIE Manager of Sector Trends Peter Ellis said that of this tourism spend in the year to October 2016, international visitors, such as those embarking today from the Sea Princess, spent $27 million (up 14 percent compared with the year to October 2015), and domestic tourists spent $108 million (up 4 percent) in that period.

“The tourism spend in Gisborne for October 2016 is up 3 percent compared with the month of October 2015," Mr Ellis said.

IT WAS touch and go for a while this morning but cruise ship Sea Princess finally went to anchor in Poverty Bay to start the first cruise ship visit of the summer here.

The giant floating hotel nosed into the Bay at around 7am.

“The ship’s captain had a good look at the conditions and went to anchor for a while to see if the sea would moderate and it did,” an Eastland Port official said.

The first tenders started to come away from the ship at around 9am.

“It was about half an hour later than anticipated but in that time the southerly wind dropped as forecast, and the choppy conditions in the Bay moderated sufficiently for the captain to be happy to start unloading passengers.”

The Sea Princess was to sail again for Wellington a little later than scheduled at around 6pm tonight.

It is the first of 13 cruise ship visits to Gisborne this season.

Tourism is playing an ever greater role in Gisborne's life, as the latest monthly regional tourism estimates released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment show. The tourism spend for Gisborne rose $300,000 in one month alone.

MBIE estimates that visitors spent about 3 percent to $12 million in October.

That means tourists have spent an estimated $135 million for the year to October 2016, up 6 percent compared with the year to October 2015.

MBIE Manager of Sector Trends Peter Ellis said that of this tourism spend in the year to October 2016, international visitors, such as those embarking today from the Sea Princess, spent $27 million (up 14 percent compared with the year to October 2015), and domestic tourists spent $108 million (up 4 percent) in that period.

“The tourism spend in Gisborne for October 2016 is up 3 percent compared with the month of October 2015," Mr Ellis said.

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