British Columbia’s Port Metro Vancouver is expecting “modest growth” in cruise passenger traffic this year, with 191 cruise ships calling at the port’s two cruise terminals, Canada Place and Ballantyne.
“Port Metro Vancouver estimates about 670,000 passengers, up from 663,000 in 2011,” it added.
Vancouver's cruise industry stimulates more than $2 million in economic activity for every cruise ship call in the city, according to the port.
"Cruise ships are a vital aspect of tourism in British Columbia. In 2011, the cruise industry contributed $1.3 billion to our economy, $50 million in provincial taxes and provided over 7,000 jobs," said Pat Bell, British Columbia minister of jobs, tourism and innovation. For cruise news and updates, follow Donna Tunney on Twitter @dttravelweekly.