Ipswich sees rise in leisure passenger numbers thanks to hottest summer since 1976
July 6, 2017
Image caption: Tall ship visiting Ipswich Haven Marina as part of the Race of the Classics event in 2017
Business at Ipswich’s Wet Dock is booming as ABP announces a tremendous start to 2017, seeing an 16% increase in the number of passengers enjoying a river trip from the Waterfront in comparison to the same period in 2016.
This rise in leisure visits has resulted from a combination of the hottest summer East Anglia has seen since 1976 and the continuous improvement in the visitor and leisure trip offerings available from the Ipswich Waterfront.
The town’s three trip boat operators are restaurant boat operator Allen Gardiner, River trip operator Orwell Lady and Ipswich's own Thames sailing barge, TSB Victor. They all operate from Ipswich Waterfront and have enjoyed an increase in the number of passengers and the trips that they offer.
In June the three vessels carried 2,950 passengers compared with 2,551 last year, which is an increase of 15.6% with 131 trips against 107 in 2016.
Paul Ager, Port Manager for ABP’s Port of Ipswich, said, "Leisure trip vessels are an important part of the Ipswich tourist offering and provide different ways in which visitors can experience Ipswich from the water, appreciating the beauty and tranquillity of the River Orwell. We are delighted to continue working with all three operators in promoting and growing their business.”
June was a particularly strong month and the Port of Ipswich has also seen an increase in overall trip numbers made during the first six months of the year. These have reached 285 sailings, which is an increase of 32 in comparison to 2016.
Andrew Harston, ABP's Port Director responsible for Ipswich, noted: “The Ipswich Waterfront and the quality of the leisure activities it provides continues to improve and expand. This 16% increase in passenger numbers against a 12.6% increase in trips demonstrates that the collective efforts of the three leisure boat operators to attract more visitors is definitely working!
“The contribution of these businesses to the local tourism industry demonstrates why the Upper Orwell Crossing works must support their future growth and continue to provide effective navigational access for the variety of yachts, motor boats and traditional sailing ships, all of which help to make the Wet Dock the special place it is."