Another visitor: American Duchess scheduled to make first stop in Vicksburg
Published 9:27 am Friday, July 28, 2017
In 2016, Vicksburg’s riverfront welcomed 76 visits by passenger riverboats. That number was higher than the year before and the year before that. But, it is a fraction of the traffic the city’s riverfront has seen in 2017 and what is already planned for 2018.
According to Ashley Gatian, sales manager with the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, and a main point of contact for many of the riverboat companies, traffic along the riverfront is about to pick up.
“This year, we have seen or have booked 102 visits,” Gatian said. “And, in 2018, we already have scheduled 128 dockings.”
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Gatian said the visits last year brought an estimated 20,000 visitors to the shores of downtown Vicksburg, with more than 25,000 expected this year.
In August, Vicksburg will welcome for the first time the American Duchess, as she makes her inaugural stop in Vicksburg on Aug. 18.
The newest vessel for American Steamboat Company, the Duchess carries 166 passengers, and will be the fourth vessel now making regular stops in Vicksburg.
The Duchess joins the American Queen, the America and Queen of the Mississippi making scheduled stops. And, Gatian said, American Cruise Lines, the parent company of the America and Queen of the Mississippi has already scheduled a visit from a new, unnamed riverboat in September 2018.
And while riverboat passengers sleep and dine on the boat during their visit to Vicksburg, their visit does provide economic boosts to retailers and attractions.
She also said the VCVB has seen a number of return visitors to Vicksburg, of those who made their first visit to Vicksburg by riverboat and then scheduled another trip because of their experience.