THE Isle of Man is set to welcome the largest sailing ship in the world Wind Surf, a Windstar fleet vessel, next year.
The 14,745 tonne five-masted yacht, encompasses six decks and accommodates 312 guests.
It will call at the Isle of Man on August 30 as part of a cruise entitled Legendary Links.
Passengers will visit classic golf locations around the British Isles which includes the renowned Castletown Golf Links.
The Department of Economic Development has been working closely with Isle of Man Golf Tours and other tourism stakeholders to secure the visit of Wind Surf.
Most of the passengers will be American nationals which gives the Isle of Man the opportunity to showcase itself to a very important cruise market.
Windsurf is just one of several vessels now scheduled to visit the Isle of Man during 2013 providing a welcoming boost to the economy.
Angela Byrne, head of tourism, said: ‘Tourism continues to play an important role in the visitor economy of the island.
‘Cruise ship visits deliver considerable benefits, providing opportunities for many local companies, including retail and hospitality venues.
‘During 2012 the department recruited a volunteer team of welcomers and we have had excellent feedback on this initiative from both cruise ship companies and their passengers who have informed us that the welcome they received has contributed greatly to their overall impression of the island.’
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