Dublin City Council plan launched on board luxury liner Crown Princess at Dublin Port

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Major plan to further develop Dublin’s €50 million cruise liner trade

- Dublin City Council plan launched on board luxury liner Crown Princess at Dublin Port -

24th June, 2011: As Dublin Port played host to the latest of 85 cruise liners to call at the city’s port this year, Dublin City Council’s Dublin Cruise Traffic and Urban Regeneration Plan (CTUR) was launched onboard the Crown Princess by the Lord Mayor, Gerry Breen, together with Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD and representatives of Dublin Port Company who, over the past fifteen years, have developed this trade to become a major contributor to the city’s economy. The new plan aims to build on the work done to date and attract more cruise ships into Dublin by improving facilities for cruise ships and making the port area more attractive.

Commenting on the launch of the report, Lord Mayor Breen said: “Twenty years ago there were no cruise liners calling at Dublin and great work has been done by Dublin Port Company to build this trade, which now contributes around €50 million a year to the city of Dublin. Cruise ship tourism is the fastest growing sector in global tourism, and Dublin City Council’s CTUR plan launched today aims to make Dublin city an even more attractive destination for cruise liners. The plan features a dedicated terminal for cruise ships near the city centre, and makes the port area an appealing public space in its own right.”

Speaking to tourism stakeholders at an event on board the Crown Princess organised by Dublin Port Company to mark the importance of cruise tourism to the city, Minister Varadkar said: “Dublin’s popularity as a cruise destination has increased significantly in the last decade. Despite current economic difficulties the number of cruise vessels visiting the city continues to grow. This year 85 cruise liners will dock at Dublin Port, generating between €35 million and €55 million for the local economy. I am glad to see the local authority and the port company working together to develop cruise liner tourism in the city. I acknowledge the work that Dublin Port Company has done in bringing this multi-million euro trade to Dublin and welcome Dublin City Council’s  amb itions to capitalise further on the global cruise tourism market. This should help to attract more tourists and create more jobs.”

Dublin City Manager John Tierney welcomed the launch of the CTUR and stated “that the plan is an example of the emerging trend of greater collaboration between different agencies in addressing initiatives that will benefit Dublin’s economy. I acknowledge the work of the Local Support Group (see below) over the last two years and congratulate them on finalising a plan which will make Dublin a better place for cruise ships to visit.”

The CTUR project was developed by Dublin City Council with Dublin Port Company, Dublin Docklands Development Authority and a Local Support Group. The project is an initiative of the EU’s URBACT II programme and funded by the European Regional Development Fund. URBACT II sees Dublin and 10 partner European cities redevelop their ports through cruise tourism.

According to Dublin Port Company Chief Executive Eamonn O’Reilly: “We support the initial aims of Dublin City Council’s CTUR plan which will improve links between the port area and the city centre and enhance the port area itself. It complements our work to date in attracting this valuable cruise trade to the city and our current Masterplan consultation aimed at preparing the port for the future and better integrating the port with the city it serves. Among the project aims are to identify a location for a permanent cruise ship terminal near the city centre and we look forward to working with Dublin City Council and other agencies to see how this can be progressed.”

The plan also aims to enhance the public space in the port area. The CTUR plan proposes providing year-round retail and leisure facilities, a public events programme coinciding with the tourist summer high season and amenities such as cycle ways and walk ways from the port area to the Royal and Grand Canals to achieve this.




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Notes to the Editor


For information on URBACT II see: http://urbact.eu/ . The cities participating in URBACT II are: Naples (Italy, lead partner), Dublin, Helsinki (Finland), Rostock (Germany), Trieste (Italy), Varna (Bulgaria), Rhodes (Greece), Valencia (Spain), Alicante (Spain), Leixoes Port Authority (Portugal) and Matosinhos (Portugal).

Local Support Group

The full list of members who helped develop the project is: Dublin City Council, Dublin Docklands Development Authority, Dublin Port Company, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin Tourism, Failte Ireland, Dublin City Business Association, Dublin City Chamber of Commerce, Excursions Ireland, Crosbie Properties, Southern & Eastern Regional Assembly, Cruise Ireland, Dublin Docklands Business Forum.

The Local Support Group will now work together on implementing the CTUR plan’s key objectives. A new cruise ship tourism information centre opens in the port area this summer to facilitate cruise ship tourists and display the CTUR plan’s key objectives.

A public exhibition on the CTUR project takes place in the Civic Offices Walkway, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 from Thursday 30th June to Friday 29th July.

Cruise Ship Tourism

  • Is the fastest growing sector in global tourism. Its average per annum growth since 1990 has been 7.2%
  • Between 1980 and 2009 176 million people took a cruise that lasted two or more days
  • Cruise ship tourism generated $26.9 billion globally in 2009. A decline of just 1.4% despite the global recession
  • The European Cruise Council estimates that 4.95 million Europeans took a cruise in 2009. An increase of 12% on the previous year
  • The European cruise ship market has grown by 165% since 1998

Cruise Ship Tourism in Ireland

  • 65 cruise liners visited in 1994, 110 in 1998, 137 in 2006 and 164 in 2008
  • 27 cruise liners visited Dublin in 1994, 37 in 1998, 55 in 2006 and 83 in 2008
  • Dublin’s main potential is as a port of call rather than a port of origin

About Dublin Port Company

Dublin Port Company is a self-financing, private limited company wholly-owned by the State, whose business is to manage Dublin Port, Ireland's premier port. Established as a corporate entity in 1997, Dublin Port Company is responsible for the management, control, operation and development of the port. Dublin Port Company provides world-class facilities, services, accommodation and lands in the harbour for ships, goods and passengers.

Located in the heart of Dublin City, at the hub of the national road and rail network Dublin Port is a key strategic access point for Ireland and in particular the Dublin area. Dublin Port handles over two-thirds of containerised trade to and from Ireland and 50% of all Ireland's imports and exports, making it a significant facilitator of Ireland's economy. Dublin Port also handles over 1.8 million tourists through the ferry companies operating at the port and through cruise vessels calling to the port.

Dublin Port Company

  • Established as corporate entity in 1997
  • Self-financing, private limited company wholly-owned by the State
  • Manages Dublin Port, Ireland’s premier port and the sixth largest RoRo Port in Europe
  • Responsible for the management, control, operation and development of the port
  • Employs 144 staff directly
  • Is efficient and profitable (Operating profit €25.6 million in 2009)
  • Pay dividends to the State (2010 €5.5 million) 

Dublin Port

  • Is the only port in Ireland with competing terminals
  • Supports 4,000 jobs in the port estate (261 hectares)
  • Saves in excess of 1.3 million tonnes of CO2 by virtue of its location (Source: Indecon Report)
  • Delivers €35 billion per annum in trade
  • Handles €20 billion in exports per annum
  • Handles over 1.8 million tourists through the ferry companies operating at the port and through the cruise vessels calling at the port
  • Will host 85 cruise liners generating between €35 and €55 million to the local economy
  • Is a natural port, never closed by weather
  • Located at the mouth of the Irish economy, its largest market
  • Contributes c.€4.8 million in rates to Dublin City Council


To view the full CTUR project report click here