Chamber provides comments on the cruise industry to the Port of Seattle

Vice President of Government Affairs for the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, Jodie Alberts, provided comments to the Port of Seattle Commission Tuesday afternoon regarding the importance of the cruise industry to the region and the city of Bellevue.

Alberts conveyed the chamber’s support for the cruise industry and the benefits it provides to the region’s local businesses. “Pre- pandemic, economic indicators show the cruise industry generated upwards of $900 million annually in local business revenue, with each ship generating an average $4.2 million to the state’s economy and supporting more than 5,500 local jobs”, stated Alberts. During the pandemic, the cruise industry was deeply affected and at the bottom of recovery.

The cruise lines for the region are incredibly vital for generating millions into the local economy and supporting businesses as they begin to open back up to full capacity. They also provide an economic link between local business sectors (retail, hotels, restaurants, etc.) which directly and indirectly supports the region.

Alberts concluded her remarks by thanking the Port Commission, Executive Director Steve Metruck, and Managing Director for Maritime Jones Stebbins for their leadership on this issue.