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Cruise ship tourists boost visitor numbers in Guernsey

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Visitor numbers increased between July and September in Guernsey due to those visiting on cruise ships.

There was almost 8,400 extra passengers who visited in the third quarter of the year on a cruise ship or a visiting yacht.

However excluding those visitors, there was a 5% decrease in the numbers going to the island overall compared with the same period last year.

The drop in numbers is said to be mainly down to fewer people going on day trips to the island, which saw a fall of 27%.

Almost 6,500 fewer people didn't go on day trips compared with the same period last year. This has been attributed to a decline in sea travellers as well as the number of ferries being cancelled during the quarter.

The numbers of people visiting from the UK was also down by around 3,300 and those visiting from France decreased by 41%.

However visitor numbers from Jersey increased by 18%, up by 1,043 people within the time frame.

A member of Guernsey's Economic Development Committee has said she's delighted with the healthy increase in cruise passengers in the period despite travel being affected mainly by the weather.

This growth has been eroded somewhat by the challenges experienced with sea travel during this most important quarter for the visitor market, particularly the French visitor segment. However, it is encouraging that overall Q3 visitor numbers still show a modest increase.

– Deputy Dawn Tindall, member of the Committee for Economic Development

Deputy Tindall also said that the island is still benefiting from the VisitGuernsey marketing campaigns for the Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society film.

It's expected the investment will help drive increased bookings in 2019.