Copenhagen Port is on course for a record year in terms of the number of cruise ships and passengers, reports national daily newspaper Berlingske Tidende. The port operator, Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP), expects 334 calls into port in 2009, a 10% increase on last year, while the number of passengers is forecast at 620,000. Six years ago, the figure was 268,000.
Approximately half of the cruise ships that call into port in Copenhagen make a turnaround, which means that the ship takes new passengers on board who have stayed for a couple of days in the Danish capital. Turnarounds are a source of high earnings for hotels, restaurants and shops, because people staying overnight spend about three times as much as those who only visit for a few hours.
CMP says it expects 2010 to be as good as 2009 despite the ongoing worldwide financial crisis. General manager of CMP Arnt Møller Pedersen says that the industry has largely steered clear of the crisis:
"The cruise industry is one of the fastest growing forms of holiday. A lot of ships are being built and at the same time it is still a very small proportion who have been on a cruise, so the passenger potential is gigantic. There are also many who booked their holiday in good time, perhaps even before the crisis started, and in addition we have seen that prices have been reduced significantly and naturally that has also helped."