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Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 12:34pm

Study: Cruises Could Bring 1,000 Jobs

Georgia could reap $89 million in direct spending and create a thousand new jobs if Savannah builds a cruise ship terminal.

That's one finding of a long-term cost-benefit study.

A Miami-based consulting firm prepared the report.

It shows if the city builds an $18 million cruise terminal, the investment could bring 288 jobs within four years.

In another five years, the pay-off jumps to 1,000 jobs if the city builds and even larger terminal at the city's famed historic waterfront.

Consultant Charles Towsley says, the idea right now is to start off with a terminal at the Georgia Ports Authority.

"It's interim in the sense that it could get Savannah into the market quicker to prove its viability," Towsley says. "The interim terminal could get the port into business much quicker in that the existing wharf and structure are there and they have been utilized by commercial traffic and would be usable immediately."

However, the port site raises some security and operational concerns.

It's also a bustling industrial area miles from where tourists want to be.

The long-term site could cost $50 million.

The terminal could be paid for in part with tax breaks Governor Nathan Deal recently signed into law.