Liege, 9 February 2012
All-time attendance record for the Yacht Harbour in 2011!
The Yacht Harbour, one of the 32 port areas overseen by the Liege Port Authority, enjoyed a surge of popularity in 2011 and is reporting spectacular growth.
The Yacht Harbour saw the arrival of 1,600 pleasure boats and cruise ships (+ 152 units, or 10% up on 2010).
This increase has meant a substantial rise in the number of passengers: the number of pleasure boat owners is reported as 5,581 (+ 1,225 pleasure boat owners, or +28% up on 2010). This is an all-time record! 4,901 overnight stays are also reported (+1,169 units, or +39%).
The Liege Port Authority does its utmost every day to offer first-rate services to the many Belgian and non-Belgian tourists, thereby helping to boost the economic benefits of tourism in Liege.
Under this heading Emile-Louis Bertrand, the Liege Port Authority's General Manager, stresses just how important the Yacht Harbour is for Liege's economic interests: "I welcome the real success our marina enjoyed last year and the number of visits made in spite of the dredging activities undertaken in the autumn. These figures are obviously a boon for Liege's entire tourist economy. I am delighted. I would also like to take the opportunity here to pay tribute to the tremendous cooperation between the City of Liege (to develop top-quality services) and Liege Province (undertaking an effective promotion campaign) that enabled the Yacht Harbour to achieve these welcome results."
The figures also underscore the Liege Yacht Harbour's potential for becoming a big success as a European tourist destination, confirming the future developments required to cater for the increasing demand for waterway tourism.
Liege Port Authority
Quai de Maestricht, 14 - B - 4000 Liege
Tel.: + 32 4 232 97 85 - Fax: + 32 4 223 11 09
Site Internet: www.portdeliege.be