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31st July 2014 - Press Release

It's easy to see that summer starts at the Port of Dover!



More than 250,000 passengers sailed to mainland Europe from the Port of Dover at the start of the summer holidays on Dover's luxury ferries.

Over 60,000 tourist vehicles (cars, campervans, coaches and motorcycles) travelled through the Port of Dover with 278,000 passengers (including freight), proving once again that summer begins at the Port of Dover.

The Port of Dover summer getaway service continues to lead the way on the cross-Channel route with the Port taking over 55% of the tourist market during the key first holiday weekend since schools broke up.

Overall passenger numbers are 3.3% up year to date at Europe’s busiest ferry port, having also recently seen a record number of freight vehicles depart through the Port earlier this month (9 July).

Shaun Pottage, Finance Director, Port of Dover, says: "Ferry passengers are experiencing a quality service, a dedicated team and what is really a mini cruise across the Channel to start their summer holidays. We are making great strides towards achieving our commitment to be the BestPort in the World for the benefit of our customers and community and the volumes of people choosing the Port of Dover illustrates this.”

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Issued by Port of Dover Corporate Affairs on 01304 240400 Ext. 4410 (8.30am – 17.00pm)

NOTES TO EDITOR

  • Figures are for week beginning Wed 23rd July – 30th July.

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