The prospects of cruising in the Med, and their implications for the Greek cruise market, were the themes of the conference organised by the Greek Cruise Union in the context of the 2nd Greek Tourism Expo 2015. PortEconomics co-director Thanos Pallis, under his capacity as MedCruise Secretary General, was among the keynote speakers.
Thanos presentation on “Prospects for cruise activities in the Med” emphasised the numerous challenges that the cruise industry in the Med face: the deployment trends around the globe, the need to accommodate larger vessels, the necessity to take advantage of EU funds for port infrastructure development, the importance of strategies to secure year-round cruising, and port-city relations.
Thanos gave emphasis on the European Cruise and Ferry Port Network and the work in progress in cooperation with the other European port associations (ESPO, Cruise Baltic, Cruise Britain, Cruise Europe and Cruise Norway), as well that with the association representing cruise lines (CLIA Europe) and policy-makers (the European Commission) in order to develop a more coordinated approach between all stakeholders, and enhance adaption to new tourism trends via exchange of best practices and experiences.
You may freely download Thanos presentation @ PortEconomics: