Our wharf used to be a furry of business activity back in our modern hay days. We used to have a busy vibrant wharf where a lot commercial activity was the norm and today, we've been able to maintain a part of that vibrancy through Peakes Wharf.
With cruise ship visitors having a major impact on tourism and economic growth, our city should be ready to offer as much as possible to these short term visitors. The average new cruise ship visitor spends $18.76 shopping in Charlottetown or $75 in total is pumped into our economy from cruise ship visitors.
When a cruise ship comes into port, not everyone is willing to jump off the ship and come visit our fair Island which leads me to my suggestion. Turn our oval at Confederation Landing into a market circle. The idea would be to charge artisans or businesses a fee to come setup at the market and provide them tables, much the same as Downtown Charlottetown does with their Queen Street Farmers Market. This would encourage cruise ship visitors to hop off the ship and come visit the market, after all, everyone loves a good market!
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