Alicante cruise ship port prepares to receive 4 liners on 4th May
12,000 passengers are expected to spend 700,000 in Alicante in one day
The cruise terminal in the port of Alicante is preparing for the arrival of four ships on the same day on 4th May, an event which will be taking place for the first time in the capital of the Costa Blanca.
The streets of the city are likely to be even busier than usual on this particular Thursday, when it is estimated that around 12,000 people including passengers and crew will disembark to spend the day in and around Alicante. Plenty of guided tours are on offer for passengers both in the city and throughout the province, and a fleet of 40 coaches is on standby to ferry them around the Costa Blanca, but more importantly, according to the head of the terminal, Francesco Balbi, the forecast is that the visitors will spend approximately 700,000 euros in local businesses, bars and restaurants during the day, providing a huge boost to trading figures.
Another of the big plus points is that many of those who visit Alicante for the day could be tempted to return for longer periods on future holidays, providing a knock-on effect which can only be beneficial for the tourist sector.
This year cruise traffic at Alicante is expected to increase by more than 10% to over 100,000 passengers, with 52 cruise ships already confirmed, and the hope is that the total will be further boosted in the autumn when the port will once again host the start of the Volvo Ocean Race.
Image: the AIDAaura liner in the port of Alicante (Wikicommons)