Continuing what seems to be a good pace of recovery, Christchurch and Lyttelton are set to enjoy a bumper cruise ship season bringing more than 85,000 people to the region this summer. Sixty four Vessels are pre-booked into the Port from October – April and, despite some post-quake cancellations, this will make it the busiest season for Lyttelton yet.
In addition to the activities cruise ship passengers can enjoy throughout the wider region, such as the popular Tranz Alpine train service, it is hoped retail and entertainment hubs will be open in the CBD by October. This is certainly good news and will go some way towards advertising to the rest of the world that Christchurch is back in business.
Meanwhile, in more promising news, bar owners are pushing to reopen SOL Square by Cup week. According to one owner, the demolition of some unsafe buildings on Manchester and Lichfield Streets would allow the almost immediate reopening of the once popular entertainment precinct with most buildings having apparently only suffered mainly superficial damage in the February quake.
Although Christchurch has undoubtedly changed forever, it is good to hear information that dispells some of the rumours of “total and complete destruction” that you often hear. Hopefully we hear more good news of this sort in the coming months.