Cruise ship tourists: they may be kind of annoying, but they're pretty damn good for our local economy. For the third year in a row the Port of Miami has set a world record for the number of cruise passengers traveling through a port. Despite the economy, that means the port continues to experience growth.
4.15 million people traveled through the port in a the Fiscal-Year of 2009-2010. The surpassed last year's record setting number of 4.11 million people.
The port saw particularly strong traffic between July and September of this year, and saw a ten percent increase over the same period last year.
Even as the economy continues to trudge through tough time, a County press release claims, "record numbers as dollar conscious vacationers opted for cruise vacations as a way to get high value for their travel budget."
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Earning the nickname the "Cruise Capitol of the World," the port has been the number one passenger port on earth for two decades now.