For port towns and island destinations, regular stops from cruise ships can have a huge impact on the local economy. For that reason, a new 1.2M euro project has been initiated by six Irish sea ports hoping to see more cruise visits.
The ‘Celtic Wave’ is the name of the initiative brought forth from 6 port cities. Anglesey, Milford Haven, Swansea, Dublin, Waterford and Cork.
Heading up the project is the county council in Anglesey, who worked to secure the funding from the European Regeneration Development Fund.
“The aim of the project is to develop a Celtic Wave brand and by working together we will be able to market the whole of the Irish Sea region as one unique destination with a wealth of cultural experiences,” said project manager Sue Thomas. “We have six fantastic destinations to offer the cruise lines, each with their own unique selling points in terms of heritage, culture and attractions. The Celtic Wave project will also focus on raising awareness within local communities about the economic benefits cruises can bring.”