Mackinac Island hosts briefing on upcoming Great Lakes cruising season

What's happening: Leaders from the international Cruise the Great Lakes organization are holding a media briefing on Tuesday, May 14, at Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island about the upcoming cruising season.

The 2024 cruise season: Representatives from the organization and local officials will discuss the 2024 cruising season and the region’s continued investment in making the area more desirable for cruise ships. Those attending include Tim Hygh, Mackinac Island Tourism; Kelly Wolgamott, Travel Michigan; Daniel Thomas, Illinois Office of Tourism; Anna Tanski, Cruise the Great Lakes; and David Naftzger, Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers.

Economic impact: Cruise the Great Lakes anticipates the regional economic impact generated by cruising will surpass $200 million in 2024, driven by the upward trend in passenger numbers, port visits, shoreside spending, and the growing domestic and international appeal of Great Lakes cruises. The 2024 season represents a remarkable increase in the economic impact of nearly 50 percent compared to 2022. Michigan ports include Mackinac Island, Detroit, Bay City, Holland, Sault Ste. Marie, Marquette and Houghton. 

What they're saying
“As we look ahead to 2024, we remain committed to sustaining the vitality of our region’s cruising sector,” said Anna Tanski, tourism director of Cruise the Great Lakes. “In just a decade, the number of cruise passengers has more than doubled, and Great Lakes ports continue to thrive as hubs for visitors. We are focused on maintaining this momentum as we navigate the future.”
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