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Aug 2, 2014 1:19 PM by AP

Port pursues cruise passenger parking dollars

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The thriving cruise business at the Port of New Orleans is boosting the city's economy, but there's one revenue stream port officials want to grow.

Parking fees, which come primarily from cruise passengers, totaled $4.2 million in the fiscal year ending June 30, about $560,000 short of port projections.

Port CEO Gary LaGrange said in March that port officials had noticed parking-fee revenue coming in under budget, and that more cruise passengers were seen hauling luggage through the Warehouse District to port terminals.

That led to the conclusion passengers are using commercial lots rather than port lots. Private lots charge $2 to $4 less than the port, which charges $16 daily.

New Orleans CityBusiness reports the port relies on parking for about half of its cruise-related revenue.

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