Mayor Stimpson's remarks on Carnival Cruise Lines Contract

As prepared for delivery August 27, 2015
Mobile Regional Airport

On Tuesday, I announced the Mayor's Initiative on Tourism. This is an effort to begin to tie together all of the wonderful arts, cultural and attraction amenities the City of Mobile has to offer to both our citizens and guests.

For over 300 years, Mobile has been a hub of international trade and a place of exploration and innovation. Going forward, I challenge our city to come together and strive to realize an increase in new guests visiting Mobile every year. I would like to see our number double from 3 million to 6 million visitors by 2020. To do so, we all need to do differently and better.

If we do differently and better - this will mean more jobs, more opportunities, and more revenue for the city to enhance the quality of life for our citizens.

With the forward momentum we are experiencing in Mobile, we have an incredible opportunity to bring all the stakeholders to the table and begin to put the ribbon around this package that is an exceptional place to visit. It's time to invite the world to enjoy our great city.

One of the key components of the Tourism Initiative was to recruit a cruise line back to Mobile.

I am proud to share with you today -

  • We are in the final stages of contract negotiations with Carnival for future cruises from Mobile.
  • When we have a final contract it will be provided to the Mobile City Council to approve for execution.
  • We expect this process to be concluded by the end of the month.

It is imperative that when we welcome back a cruise ship that we also welcome back the passengers with a new and enhanced experience in our city. If we all work together, Mobile will become one of America's top destinations for global travelers.