Irish Retailers Fear High-Spending Tourist Shortfall In Port Restrictions
Irish retailers have slammed Dublin Port over plans to restrict cruise ship traffic due to capacity issues.
As was reported in the Sunday Independent last month, the Port is looking to heavily reduce cruise ships using its services, and even hinted at axing the business altogether.
The move was said to be in response to Brexit, with Dublin Port prioritising trade over tourism.
Retail Excellence has revealed it is due to meet with Dublin Port operators this week to highlight its concern to the Port regarding the loss of high-spending visitors.
“We are concerned that with the significant reduction of cruise ships is a real negative in terms of spending in the city,” said Retail Excellence chief executive David Fitzsimons.
“The average cruise ship visitor would be a high-spender who enjoys all the city has to offer retail and hospitality-wise.”
The port is said to have docked over 300,000 passengers last year.
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