Downtown businesses are gearing up for what could be a record-setting cruise ship season.
The Downtown Business Improvement Association says some businesses will capitalize on the increased foot traffic this spring, including an anticipated record-breaking Victoria Day weekend.
President Charles Gauthier believes the closer storefronts are to Canada Place, the better chance they have to benefit from tourists.
“Or if they’re offering a different kind of experience that visitors don’t typically get in the cities that they visit, those particular businesses benefit immensely from the traffic that’s going to be in the downtown area.”
Gauthier adds it should also be a boon to the hotel industry.
“Their occupancies are hitting 90-93 per cent during cruise ship season. So obviously a combination of cruise ship passengers, as well as other visitors and then we’ve got the convention business and people that are here on travel and leisure.”
The port authority expects nearly 16,000 passengers to enter the city through the Canada Place terminal next Saturday.