Friendly shopping invasion at the UK's Best Port of Call28 Nov 2011
Tyneside will be welcoming visitors from the Faroe Islands as they flock to the shops for Christmas, aiming to shop 'til they drop.
The ferry NorrÖna is due to make a return trip to the Port of Tyne tomorrow (Tuesday, November 29 at 8am), bringing around 1400 passengers with their sights set on Christmas shopping in Newcastle City Centre and the MetroCentre.
This is the third year that the Port has welcomed the Faroe Islanders, who travel over 400 miles south to the International Passenger Terminal at North Shields.
Just named this month as UK's Best Port of Call, the Port of Tyne is a popular destination for tourists, with attractions including the Quayside, superb museums, restaurants and galleries, with many reasonably priced shops to satisfy the needs of the Faroese Christmas shoppers.
Rúni Poulsen, Chief Executive Officer, Smyril Line says: "It's the third visit we've made to the Port of Tyne, and the trip is always popular. The shopping, bars and restaurants make it a perfect Christmas break."
Andrew Moffat, Chief Executive Officer for the Port of Tyne, says: "We have an excellent relationship with Smyril Line and are looking forward to seeing the NorrÖna back at the Port. Our International Passenger Terminal makes a significant impact on the local economy in the region of £44m and I'm sure the visitors from the NorrÖna will make the most of their time on Tyneside".
NewcastleGateshead Initiative, the destination management and marketing agency for the twin cities, will be providing passengers with information about the destination on arrival as well as the opportunity to meet with tourist information advisors at the Port.
Sarah Stewart, Chief Executive for NewcastleGateshead Initiative says: "We have a fantastic working relationship with the Port of Tyne and together we have helped welcome nine cruise ships and more than 8,000 passengers to the destination in 2011. The annual visit from the Faeroes is fast becoming a Christmas tradition and together with our partners, including Eldon Square and MetroCentre, we look forward to providing a memorable visit.
"It's for reasons such as this that saw the Port of Tyne named Best UK Port of Call."
The Faroe Islands consist of 18 major islands situated halfway between Scotland and Iceland. They form part of Denmark but their closest neighbours are the Northern and Western Isles of Scotland, holding close traditional ties with Iceland, Scotland, Shetland, Orkney and the Outer Hebrides.
The NorrÖna will berth at RoRo3 North Shields and stay overnight departing at 3pm on November 30.