Sharjah to witness 50% increase in cruise passengers

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Sharjah is placing aggressive emphasis on its tourism industry.

In line with its growth, the Emirates East Coast is set to witness nearly 50% increase in arrivals of international luxury cruise passengers during the upcoming 2012-2013 season.

This year the Khor Fakkan Port will host more than 40 international luxury cruise liners with approximately 130,000 passengers, said HE Mohamed Ali Al Noman, chairman of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority. “During the upcoming season, Khor Fakkan Port, which hosted 23 luxury cruise liners with more than 67,000 passengers onboard during the 2011-12 season, will receive two cruise ships a week as against just one weekly call in the last season,” he added.

Some cruise ships that have confirmed their calls at Khor Fakkan Port include Costa Atlantica (17 calls), Costa Classica (16 calls), Costa neoRomantica (4 calls), Seabourne Pride (one call) and Seabourne Odyssey (two calls.) TUI Cruises and Royal Caribbean, who are in negotiations with the Khor Fakkan Port Authority, are likely to come onboard soon
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