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Record Number of Ships to Tie Up in New Zealand this Summer

Record Number of Ships to Tie Up in New Zealand this Summer

In a major boost for the economy, New Zealand is set to welcome a record number of cruise ships this summer, including an unprecedented six ships making their inaugural visits to the country.

Peak industry body Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia said 28 ships from its member cruise lines’ fleets would cruise to New Zealand over the coming months – an increase of more than 25 per cent on last year’s summer season.

According to CLIA Australasia Commercial Director Brett Jardine, the visiting flotilla will make more than 600 calls to New Zealand ports between October 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016, injecting hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy.

However CLIA has warned that the future growth of the local cruise industry will be affected by the introduction of the Border Control Levy in New Zealand.

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