£1 billion boost to local economy through cruise ports

Queen Mary 2 Credit: AAP/Press Association Images

Figures released show a big rise in cruise passengers using the regions ports over the last year, contributing more than £1 billion to the local economy for the first time.

4000 extra jobs have been created.

Around 1.6 million passengers passed through Southampton, which is an all time record and up 7.5%.

In Dover, 255,000 passengers passed through the port, which is a record rise of 23%.

With more ships being based in the region next year, another big rise is expected next year.

We spoke to David Dingle, the Chief Executive from Carnival about Dover and Southampton.