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Business News - Cruise Calls Bring Bonus For Businesses

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2:19pm 6th June 2012

Local businesses are being encouraged to accept Euros ahead of Portland Port's 2012 Cruise season.

This year 10 cruise liners will call into Portland, which may be the only UK port of call for many itineraries which means passengers may only be carrying Euros.

The Portland General Manager Ian McQuade is asking local firms to be willing to take Euros.

This year cruise calls will bring an additional 10,000 visitors to the area.

A variety of retail outlets in Weymouth Town Centre have so far benefited from the influx of cruise passengers. From buying Shoes and cosmetics to purchasing souvenirs, the foreign visitors have bought about an increase in shop sales on the day of their call at Portland. Sarah Walton, Assistant Manager of Clarks in Weymouth said: 'We noticed a higher influx of customers on the day of the cruise calls and it most definitely resulted in an increased turnover on the day. We will certainly be welcoming more cruise passengers to the shop in the coming months."

Suzanne Logan, Manager of Reiker in Weymouth said: "The day of the cruise calls resulted in some phenomenal takings. It was great to serve people of all different nationalities. The more cruise calls the better."

The remaining eight cruise calls for 2012 will call into the Port between June and September. Ian added: "2012 sees the biggest cruise season to date at the Port and 2013 is set to be even better. With such big numbers of cruise guests hopefully local shops will continue to notice an increase in their sales on the days a cruise ship is in port."

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