Copenhagen Malmö Port expects a 9% increase in the number of cruise visitors to the capital of Denmark this year, with a single-day record in June. In 2017, the cruise port projects 850,000 passengers, which is an all-time peak after the 2012 record of 840,000.
In 2016 around 740,000 cruise passengers are projected, which is an increase of 9% from 2015. Just under half of the 2016 port calls are turnarounds. Copenhagen Malmö Port's chief operating officer with responsibility for cruise operations, Arnt Møller Pedersen, said:
"The outlook for the cruise industry is especially promising, with a steady rise in demand and more ships, even bigger ones, coming out of the shipyards. We expect to see continued growth in the number of visitors and ships coming to Copenhagen."
The season, which starts on April 28, features 304 calls by 67 vessels from 35 lines. 7 cruise ships carrying around 24,000 guests and 7,000 crew are expected in June for a single-day record.
Møller Pedersen described the 'massive investment' that was made to ensure Copenhagen remained an attractive destination, including the brand new Ocean Quay, which opened in 2015.
'It’s great to see that many years of hard work from all involved in the industry are now bearing fruit,' he added.
Cruise business generates around 4,000 jobs and contributes around 1.3 billion Danish kroner ($192 million) to Copenhagen's economy. The over 100,000 additional cruisers in 2017 are expected to generate revenues estimated at up to DKK 225 million ($33 million).