Green Light for Greenwich Cruise Terminal
Earlier this year, in February, Cruise Franchise took a closer look at plans for a new cruise terminal on the Thames in Greenwich, London. The capital city of England attracts a huge number of tourists every year, and the construction of a cruise terminal, capable of accommodating mid-sized ships, would provide a new and exciting gateway.
In late August, these plans were approved by Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s planning board. The terminal, which is set to open in 2017, will be built at Enderby Wharf and accommodate ships up to a maximum of 230 metres in length (750ft) and a maximum passenger capacity of 1,600. This means that ships such as Holland America Line’s Ryndam and Pullmantur’s Horizon could potentially sail directly into London.
Whilst London does already have a smaller cruise terminal at London’s Tower Bridge, it can only accommodate smaller ships. The new terminal in Greenwich will be able to accommodate 55 cruise ships of a larger size on an annual basis. It will generate 16,000 jobs and contribute £1.1 billion to the local economy.
Tourism in London
Following the rise of tourism in London, depicted in the MasterCard 2014 Global Destination Cities Index, the 2015 publication indicates a further increase for the English capital. London is projected to receive 18.82 million international overnight visitors in 2015, a rise of 0.7% on 2014 (18.69 million).
This statistic is supported by the fact that the UK rates highest in Europe in terms of passenger source nations. A projected total of 1.685 million passengers are expected to depart on a cruise from the UK during 2015, according to Cruise Market Watch.
The cruise terminal in Greenwich will be part of a large-scale development, which will see 1,154 new homes, educational facilities, shops, bars and cafes brought to the area. As well as being given a tour of Greenwich’s most prestigious landmarks, such as the O2 Arena and historic town centre, visitors to the area can catch an underground train or travel on the Thames Clipper into central London.
Councillor Danny Thorpe, Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, said: "This is a very important step forward, not just for Greenwich, but for the capital. Greenwich’s heritage and its river-front already ensure that the Royal Borough receives millions of visits by tourists each year. This landmark cruise liner development will bring many thousands more visitors to the borough, and provide a major boost to tourism."
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