Ferry & Cruise Tourism Development Market Analysis
North Coast Ferry Report (2018)
Independent research commissioned by Tourism Prince Rupert makes a compelling case for the primary importance of designing BC ferry services to meet the needs of the Tourism industry and its customers. A ferry industry study led by Wave Point Consulting highlights the potential for tourism growth and the crucial role that BC Ferries can play in supporting and sustaining economic development on Northern Vancouver Island, and in Prince Rupert, Haida Gwaii and communities across British Columbia that service Totem Route travellers. Drawing attention to the fact that the greatest opportunities for sustainable economic development in Northern BC lie in the Tourism sector, the report calls for a number of actions on the part of the Provincial Government and BC Ferries, including:
- Recognizing that BC Ferries plays a critical role in supporting the development of the Tourism sector in Northern BC;
- Extending the peak summer season sailing schedule into June and September, which would increase service capacity during these periods – similar to the peak season schedule that was in place prior to 2014.
- Providing a five-year service guarantee for BC Ferries Northern Routes – to enhance the degree of certainty that tourism operators have with respect to ferry schedules; and
- Engaging in sustained dialogue and collaboration with stakeholders in the Tourism sector – to address challenges and to make the most of the economic opportunities.
The commissioned study represents a first opportunity to bring the voice of the Tourism sector to the discussion about the future of the service provided by BC Ferries. The research report demonstrates the need for immediately extending ferry service in the shoulder seasons.
Maritime Passenger Transport Pacific Northwest (2008-2016)
Mr. Anderson has been an advisor to confidential clients on technical and business development concepts for firms doing market and due diligence research related to the provision of scheduled or chartered marine passenger services in the Salish Sea and the Pacific Northwest. Typical cruise and ferry industry project assignment tasks include reviewing business model, target demographics, marine and tourism industry and market characteristics, analysis of total traveling market (the type of traveler and origin and destination pairs), pricing and yield management tactics and infrastructure development considerations, including regulatory, safety and commercial negotiations with seaport authority and other officials. One of our clients was V2V Vacations. V2V is a daily luxury cruise service linking downtown Vancouver and downtown Victoria in British Columbia. V2V Vacations offers a uniquely beautiful, comfortable and convenient service for the traveller.
Aboriginal Tourism Opportunities within the Cruise Industry (2014)
The Wave Point Consulting team was contracted by SHOWUSMARKETING on behalf of the Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia to assist the Aboriginal Tourism Marketing Circle. The business issue was to capture the growth in cruise port market opportunities that exist for Aboriginal communities, bands, entrepreneurs, and organizations in the cruise tourism sector. Our tourism consultants provided a profile of the six major geographic cruise markets across Canada and professional insights related to the potential economic benefits, how tourism industry participants can effectively work with the cruise industry and case study examples of best practices regarding product development and marketing. Readers are invited to view the Cruise Ship Opportunities website.
British Columbia Mid-Coast Ferry Service Situation & Outlook Report (2014)
The Wave Point Consulting team in collaboration with Left Coast Insights were selected for this project by a group of tourism stakeholders coordinated by the Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC). In response to the changes in ferry service, the vision for this project is to answer the following critical question: What are the best steps required to restore and build tourism on BC’s north and mid-coast, including the affected mainland portions of BC? Regional stakeholders believed that improving transportation links, notably local ferry service, is one of the keys to success in this endeavour. The results of the ferry and tourism market reseaech study were used by stakeholders and government policy mmakers to reintroduce a new ferry service and schedule in 2018 to serve the North Coast and Great Bear Rainforest region of British Columbia.
Wei Wai Kum Cruise Ship Terminal (2009)
Wave Point Consulting Ltd was asked by the client to complete business development and operational activities in support of a new cruise port in Campbell River, BC. As a tourism consultant, Mr. Anderson was involved in all aspects of marketing strategy, marine terminal operations, and cruise tourism product development. The Campbell River Indian Band’s Wei Wai Kum Cruise Ship Portal was completing the initial phase of business start-up and infrastructure development. As a relatively new business venture, the Cruise Ship Portal faced the challenge of creating market awareness of the services and products available as well as rapidly shifting economic conditions. A promotional campaign was implemented to increase market awareness amongst the cruise lines, cruise travel trade and the cruise consumer for both the cruise terminal and local shore excursion products.
Market Research & Marketing Victoria International Marina (2008-09)
Wave Point Consulting prepared the marketing and pricing strategy report for the creation of a new destination superyacht marina in the Pacific Northwest. Darryl Anderson provided effective communications during public consultation events such as open houses. Business Issue: Wave Point Consulting documented the unique demand and supply characteristics of the BC marketplace thereby reducing project investment risk and helping to ensure the project was aligned with customer needs. Thus, making it a more attractive business opportunity for equity investors and more secure for issuers of corporate loans during the construction and operating phase.
Navigating the Eddies in the Maritime Leisure Transport Sector in British Columbia (2010)
As an independent researcher, Mr. Darryl Anderson of Wave Point Consulting co-wrote the terms of reference, developed study methodology and completed the report. The objective of the report was to highlight significant developments in British Columbia’s maritime leisure transport sector from a demand and supply side perspective along with the trends and factors influencing each of the sector’s main participants. The identification of the structural changes that have occurred in each segment of the cruise port, ferry inustry and mega-yacht segement of market were porfiled so that their need could be considered in tourism market development efforts. Conclusions and specific recommendations on how to encourage further innovation to help contribute to sustainable growth of the maritime leisure transport sector rounded out the discussion.