SEATTLE -- Cruise ships calling in Seattle brought in $124 million
in business revenue, $39 million in payroll and $3.8 million in
taxes for the regional economy in 2003, and those numbers are
expected to grow by 50% this year, according to an economic impact
study released by the Port of Seattle.
The study said local firms that provide products and services to
the cruise lines and their passengers and crew, and offer
cruise-related activities at Sea-Tac airport generated the $124
The study added that number could climb 68% in 2004.
The Seattle port is expecting 149 cruise ships carrying 500,000
passengers to call during the summer Alaska season. Five years ago,
the port said, six ships carrying 6,615 passengers called in
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