A great announcement was made on Monday in port of Sydney NS Canada. Funding was revealed for a 2nd cruise ship berth to be constructed in Sydney harbour.
Work on the project will start immediately, but the economic impact will be felt for years to come.
Much to the delight of a packed room at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion in Sydney, a second cruise ship berth for the nearby harbour is now a reality.
The $20 million project will be equally funded by the three levels of government. This empty lot will be transformed into the 287-metre berth, allowing bigger ships like the Queen Mary II to dock. Larger capacity ships and more ships and visitors to the island is good news for downtown businesses and the local economy.
Tourism numbers in Nova Scotia hit record highs in 2016.
More than 82,000 cruise ship passengers visited Sydney just last year, translating into $22.9 million in economic spin-offs to the region. Engineering and construction work for this project is expected to take up to 18 months to complete.
As part of the project, there will also be upgrades to the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion, all to attract major cruise operators along the New England-Quebec corridor.