By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT – An estimated $45.8 million was spent by cruise visitors in Grand Bahama in 2011, according to a cruise visitor report released this July by the Ministry of Tourism’s Research and Statistics Department.
The Grand Bahama Cruise Visitor Report 2011 indicated that each cruise visitor spent on average $74.10 while on island.
The bulk of $45 million expenditure by cruise visitors in Grand Bahama went on activities, tours and excursions, while shopping was the second biggest spending item.
Despite the fact that most cruise ships have onboard casinos, some five per cent of cruise visitors that got off the ship visited a casino. The report also indicated that 95 per cent of visitors would return on vacation to the Bahamas.