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Halifax cruises to new record for port visitors

Four cruise ships pouring out thousands of passengers Thursday tipped the scales for a new record.

Four cruise ships pouring out thousands of passengers Thursday tipped the scales for a new record.

The 10,000 visitors who stopped in Halifax Thursday increased the tally to 250,000 visitors in one season — a new record.

“The last record was set in 2008 and we had 228,000 visitors for the whole season,” said Cathy McGrail, spokeswoman for the Port of Halifax.

And the 2010 cruise season isn’t over yet: Another three ships carrying a total of 5,000 are scheduled to dock in Halifax by the end of the month. “The cruise industry has been working very hard over the past couple of years to continue to build the business but I can’t say why they’re doing better than other (years),” McGrail said.

‘A very good year’ ahead for cruises
Next year is shaping up to be another good year for the cruise ship industry in Halifax, said Cathy McGrail with the Port of Halifax.

“I can’t say we’ll break a record but it’s looking like a very good year for us,” she said.

 
 
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