Maastricht is very popular as a river cruise destination. Rederij Stiphout, the shipping company that currently operates two jetties for cruise boats on the Maas, intends to build an additional jetty at Graanmarkt.
At the moment 100 cruise ships call at our city per year, if the extra jetty is in use it could increase to 200. With this doubling, an additional 10,000 tourists are to be expected each year. The jetty will cost 300,000 euros, Provincie Limburg and Gemeente Maastricht will contribute 200,000 euros. According to De Limburger, the municipality argues that the extra tourists could potentially draw 350,000 euros in income from shopping and catering expenses.