It was a milestone that marked the renewed vibrancy of Greater Victoria's cruise ship industry. Friday's arrival of the ninth millionth passenger to debark at Ogden Point was more than a photo-op — it was a metric that this important economic driver is back in a big way.
Cruise ships bring abut $143 million in economic activity every year, and are the lifeblood for many projects being undertaken by the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority. With the return of cruise, GVHA can start budgeting out community projects such as upgrades to the Broughton Street Wharf and the installation of shore power.
Chamber CEO Bruce Williams, second from left, was part of a group of local dignitaries who welcomed the nine millionth cruise ship passengers to Ogden Point. Rosa and Jesus More, pictured front and centre above, arrived Friday from Seattle.
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