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In 2023, four cruise ships brought over 4,000 passengers to Duluth, contributing nearly $600,000 in direct spending to the city. The influx of visitors had a significant economic impact on the city and its businesses, including shops, restaurants, transportation providers, tour operators, and small businesses.

Regionally, nearly 25,000 passengers made 800 visits to Great Lakes ports, representing a more than 20% increase from the previous year. This growth can be attributed to Cruise the Great Lakes’ commitment to promoting unique cruising experiences in the region.

Dan Hartman, Executive Director of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, expressed excitement about the influx of visitors and how they would not have discovered Duluth otherwise. Anna Tanski, Tourism Director of Cruise the Great Lakes highlighted their organization’s dedication to promoting Great Lakes cruises as a destination.

Cruise the Great Lakes is a platform for various stakeholders such as states, provinces, cruise lines, ports, conventions, visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce and associations to collaborate towards common goals. To learn more about Cruise the Great Lakes visit their website. Stay updated on Northern News Now by downloading their app or First Alert weather app. Copyright 2023 Northern News Now. All rights reserved.

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