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Welsh Coast lures more cruise Ship Visitors

Welsh Coast lures more cruise Ship Visitors

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The Welsh coast is said to be luring more cruise ship visitors on the back of a growth in "round Britain" trips.

 

Kate O'Hara, chairwoman of CLIA (the Cruise Lines International Association) and VisitBritain, said: "The profile of Britain as a cruise destination is definitely increasing and we welcome all port initiatives to increase traffic."

 

In Wales, the cruise industry has been boosted by a £1m EU-funded project, Celtic Wave.

 

The project was set up to increase the number of cruise ship visits to Welsh and Irish ports and to improve the level of hospitality skills. Training has been provided to workers such as cabbies, with more than 100 being trained to act as local guides as part of a taxi ambassador scheme across six ports, including Swansea.

 

Celtic Wave manager Sue Thomas said 35 people had got a job with Seabourne Cruise Lines, where they would be trained to a five-star standard, and that Gower College Swansea was starting a cruise hospitality course in September. She said: "At the end of this course students are guaranteed an interview for a job on board a five-star cruise ship."

 

 

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