The North’s booming cruise industry boosts business for Tourism Company

The North’s booming cruise industry has been very buoyant this year for a new northern business, as north of England ports prove popular for overseas holidaymakers sailing to the UK.

Experience North is a dedicated destination management company whose operational footprint stretches across the North of England, North Wales and Scotland.

In 2018 Experience North have been directly involved as a ground handling partner with 50 cruise ships coming into Port of Tyne, Hull, Holyhead and Liverpool across the North of England.

Over 90,000 passengers have been offered shore excursion programmes with 40 different tours on offer across the ports to key attractions and local destinations.

Alex Jacobs, Director, Experience North said: “We have partnered with a record-breaking number of cruise ships this year and very nearly reached 100,000 passengers. We deliver a tailored service to suit any visiting cruise line to the regions and work closely with our international ground handling partners during each cruise call to ensure each and every cruise passenger has the best possible stay in this country. We are very much looking forward to breaking these records again in 2019.”

Alex Jacobs is bi-lingual with dual English and German nationality. He is a qualified Blue Badge Guide and has been bringing trips and tours to Northern England from Europe with Northern Secrets since 2008. Alex has lived and worked in both Germany and the UK but it is his passion for this region, that drives his business.

Experience North has worked with major cruise lines this year including Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Lines, and CMV and are also exclusive partners to two of the major global operators KUONI Destination Management and Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services.

With offices in Newcastle and Liverpool Experience North are well placed to offer an integrated destination management service to inbound tour operators looking to develop and deliver business in these regions of the UK. They specialise in delivering shore excursion programmes for cruise operators and partner and social programmes for conference organisers.