Consultants say Savannah poised for cruise visit

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Two consultants says Savannah is well positioned to take advantage of growth in the cruise ship industry.

Consultants Bruno Ramos and Charles Towsley of Miami gave the assessment to a Savannah task force. The city has awarded a $129,500 contract to the consulting firm BEA to do a market study about Savannah's potential to be a home port or a port of call for a cruise ship.

Alderman Tony Thomas told the Savannah Morning News that the study will be a blueprint for building a cruise-ship business in Savannah.

Charleston, S.C., brought in a Carnival ship last year that makes cruises to the Bahamas and Key West, Fla. Officials estimate it brings in $70 million annually in spending.

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