Sapphire Princess cruise ship drops anchor for the day off the coast of Santa Barbara, CA Dec. 19, 2010
Paul Wellman

The 21 cruise ships that carried 50,000 passengers into Santa Barbara in 2013 had a $2.4 million economic impact ​— ​$280,000 went directly to the city in the form of taxes and fees ​— ​based on a survey recently completed by Visit Santa Barbara. The study found that restaurants and shops benefited the most, collecting 30.5 percent and 29.2 percent of the $2.4 million, respectively. Many passengers arrived during “non-peak travel seasons,” and of those surveyed, 41 percent are expected to return to Santa Barbara in the next two years.


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