Ship sail

Business case for making Port Colborne a cruise destination

“Having the consultants who wrote the business case was beneficial,” said Port Colborne Mayor Bill Steele. “Based on my conversations with them over the past two years, I am consistently amazed by their knowledge of Great Lakes cruising and their commitment to seeing ports of call, like Port Colborne, succeed.”

Gary Long, the city’s strategic initiatives manager, added that the city’s waterfront center project stems from a recommendation from the Cruise Destinations Business Case and will kick off the revitalization of Port’s most treasured attraction. Colborne.

“Based on their analysis of the various cruise ports along the Great Lakes, our consultants presented us with strategies for creating a friendlier waterfront that can generate substantial economic benefits,” Long said.

“I look forward to an architectural firm beginning to design the waterfront center over the next few months and to continued financial support from the federal and provincial governments for this extraordinary project.

As city staff await a decision on an application to the Tourism Relief Fund, which will provide the city with additional resources to meet its goals, they are preparing for the arrival of the first cruise ships in Port Colborne next month.