More work required to ensure that port facilities match industry’s growth
Barcelona, 18 September 2014 – CLIA Europe, the association representing Europe’s multibillion euro cruise industry, has once again reaffirmed its longstanding commitment to work with ports and port associations to ensure consistent representation of the cruise sector’s interests before public authorities and the media.
Speaking in Barcelona at the opening session of Seatrade Med – the major biannual cruise event focused on the Mediterranean market, taking place this week – Pierfrancesco Vago, CLIA Europe’s Chairman, said:
“Cooperation with port associations is key for the entire sector. We appeal to our friends in the port communities to join us in this endeavour. A relationship built on common interests and mutual respect will make our long-term success more likely.
“As an industry, we are committed to working with our partners and stakeholders to create operating environments that keep our business on the up-and-up, broaden cruising’s appeal to even more passengers, and develop itineraries that open up even more destinations.”
During his keynote speech, Pierfrancesco Vago highlighted some key areas where cruise lines and the ports and destinations must work together. Speaking about criticism over cruise ship visits to delicate environments, he said:
“We need to address the question of cruise ships calling at historical sites, Venice being the obvious example. We fully support the need to protect destinations, and want to put cruising at the forefront of sustainable tourism. As an industry we must engage with local authorities and stakeholders, with support from ports and port associations, to find viable, sustainable solutions to the problems that may arise in these environments.”
Regarding infrastructure and port facilities in the Med, the CLIA Europe Chairman said:
“Some Mediterranean port facilities are not keeping up with our industry’s growth, and urgent upgrades are needed. Again, the solution lies in working more closely with the ports and destinations. CLIA Europe is committed to engaging with different stakeholders to guarantee that ports, destinations and the cruise industry maximise growth opportunities together.”
- 1. About Seatrade Med
Seatrade Med Cruise Convention, a major biennial cruise event, is taking place in Barcelona from September 16-18, 2014. For more information: http://www.cruiseshippingevents.com/med/about
- 2. About CLIA
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA represents the interests of cruise lines, travel agents, port authorities and destinations, and various industry business partners before regulatory and legislative policy makers. CLIA is also engaged in travel agent training, research and marketing communications to promote the value and desirability of cruise holiday vacations with thousands of travel agency and travel agent members. CLIA’s Associate Member and Executive Partner programs include the industry’s leading providers of supplies and services that help cruise lines provide a safe, environmentally-friendly and enjoyable holiday vacation experience for millions of passengers every year. For more information on CLIA, the cruise industry, and CLIA-member cruise lines and travel agencies, visit www.cruising.org. For more information on CLIA Europe, visit www.cliaeurope.eu. CLIA can also be followed on the Cruise Lines International Association’s Facebook and Twitter fan pages, and CEO Christine Duffy can be followed @CLIACEO and cruising.org/ceoblog