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Tea on the Quay a special welcome to the Vistamar20 Jul 2009

Since 2004 the Port of Tyne has successfully been attracting cruise ships to the region, and it is estimated that cruise tourism contributes more than £5 million to the region's economy.

Ensuring passengers have a memorable welcome and that they enjoy their time in Port is very important, as a result on the 20th July the Port of Tyne hosted Tea on the Quay, serving traditional Ringtons Tea and scones made by Greggs the Baker.

In 2008 the Port of Tyne began to welcome visitors to the region by offering them a "Taste of Northumberland", giving passengers and crew a flavour of our region by sampling local produce, the Taste of Northumberland welcomes were a huge success with Passengers many wanting to take produce home.

Passengers disembarking from the Vistamar a German cruise ship operated by Plan Tours later explored the rich heritage of the North East visiting tourist attractions such as Durham Cathedral.

The Port of Tyne has received a total of 73,241 cruise tourists between 2006 and 2008, making it one of the fastest growing ports in Europe and earning the Port the title of runner up Cruise Port of the Year in 2008.

Last year a total of 29 cruise ships visited the Port of Tyne either on transit or turnaround calls. This year 23 ships are confirmed with a further 20 already provisionally booked for 2010 including a first call from P&O.

Jennifer Dunn, marketing & communications manager of the Port of Tyne said "As one of the UK's fastest growing cruise ports the Port of Tyne takes pride in offering the best possible service to cruise lines and passengers, and by working with famous local producers like Ringtons and Greggs we hope that passengers recognise our commitment to passenger comfort".

"As a North East company, with 138 shops in the region Greggs are proud to help support the North East tourism industry and welcome visitors to the region" says Gillian Long general manager Greggs North East.

Ringtons are another local company famed for doorstep deliveries and what better way to deliver Tea right to the quay. Suzanne Goldie, Ringtons marketing co-ordinator adds "We thought bringing our famous Fleur De Lys van to the Port of Tyne to add more interest to the day was a great idea".

The Port of Tyne hopes that Tea on the Quay will be well received with passengers and plans more unique welcomes for future cruise lines.

Operational Note to Editors

The Port of Tyne is an important Northern Gateway and key player in the Tyne & Wear region; a dynamic trading hub with five business areas: conventional and bulk cargoes; logistics; car terminals; cruise and ferries; and estates.

For further information contact

Lisa Donohoe, Assistant Marketing & Communications Manager
Tel: 0191 455 2671
Mob: 07912 390 777
Email: lisa.donohoe@portoftyne.co.uk

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