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More notes from the cruise workshop

January 27, 2009

In addition to the Powerpoint presentations linked from yesterday’s post about the cruise terminal workshop, here are the additional items that were presented to JAXPORT’s Board of Directors:

Annual cruise revenue and comparison to other port customers

Dr. Lou Woods from the University of North Florida presented this economic impact report.

And Lindsay Rossman from Visit Jacksonville and Hyatt General Manager Dan King presented the following information:

  • Northside hotels saw a 6% to 7% drop in occupancy during the five months that JAXPORT did not offer cruise service in 2008 (i.e., in between service from the Celebration and the Carnival Fascination);
  • 40% of cruise passengers spend one day (or night) before or after their cruise, spending on average $300 per person (based on 78 cruise ship departures annually);
  • The previous figure represents about $86,000 in hotel tax payments to the City of Jacksonville annually.

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