MSP Jamie Greene said the new cruise ship terminal under construction in Greenock will transform the tourism outlook for the region.
Construction is underway as part of a £ 19.2million development that will accommodate passengers and crew from some of the world’s largest and most luxurious ships in Inverclyde.
The project, led by Inverclyde Council, is part of the £ 1 billion Glasgow City Region City Deal funded by the UK and Scottish governments, with contributions from Peel Ports (£ 8million), Greenock Ocean operators Existing terminal and the George Wyllie. Foundation via the Dunard Trust (£ 1.5m).
The development is expected to bring visitors to some 150,000 passengers per year and provide a £ 26million boost to the Scottish economy.
The dedicated cruise ship reception center will feature an arrivals / departures hall as well as a museum honoring the late world-renowned artist George Wyllie, who worked as a customs officer in Greenock and lived for many years in Gourock, and a large restaurant-end and roof terrace with panoramic views over the River Clyde.
It is expected to be completed by summer 2022.
Mr. Greene said: “This revolutionary new visitor center will give our region a massive boost, creating jobs, boosting tourism and attracting foreign investment.
“This project will also be a great opportunity for us to showcase the best of Inverclyde and give visitors a real taste of our culture, heritage and rich history.
“It also comes at a particularly difficult time, as the pandemic has hit us disproportionately and damaged our local economy, and I want to thank everyone involved at all levels for making this possible.”