The first edition of Seatrade Cruise Med was held in 1996. This year must be remembered as a milestone, because it was when MedCruise Association was born. First Seatrade back in 1996 was held in Genoa and took place there every 2 years until 2004. Since then, the event has been held in Naples, Venice, Cannes, Marseille, Barcelona, Tenerife and now Lisbon.
The 5th Meeting of the Working Group-Studies took place on the 20th of September, during Seatrade Med exhibition
Cristina De Gregori, WG coordinator, updated the participants with the latest actions taken and discussed the next steps for the "Measuring the impact of cruise activities on ports/cities/destinations" survey. Valeria Mangiarotti presented the three LNG maps developed following the survey results.
The 5th Meeting of the Working Group-China/Asia took place, as well, on the 20th of September
Carla Salvadó, WG coordinator, worked together with the participants on the budget and actions for 2019, among others.
"Our region represents the 16.3% of the market share of the world passenger capacity –which represents a 0.5% more than last year. Around 12.500 calls and 27.1 million of cruise passenger movements are going to be recorded in 2018 by our port members –which means a 5% increase compared to the previous year. Therefore, MedCruise members handle the 85% of the total of cruise activities in the Med and adjoining seas"
MedCruise members created a Working Group to develop the LNG and new environmental regulations Association strategy and actually, we are working among other projects, on a map of the Med and its adjoining seas to show easily to the cruise industry which and how ports are offering the LNG supply.
''We believe that cooperation and working together for a common success is the only way to achieve individual goals''
State of the Industry
"How the Cruise Industry Deals With Air Emission Challenges" panel
"Making Cruising Welcome" panel
How to Find the Balance between the Economic Impact from Cruise Tourism and Sustainability in Port-Cities and Destinations
"Innovation Arena" panel
How the Industry is Turning to New Technologies and Innovations to Enhance the Guest Experience both Afloat and Ashore
The 53rd Medcruise General Assembly dealt with internal matters of the association. MedCruise Members had the opportunity to discuss plan future actions together with the BoD and MedCruise President according to the Working Plan presented in the General Assembly held in 2017 in Toulon (France).
The Agenda of the day included: Potencial new members, Professional Development Course, Future General Assemblies, Projects, Marketing, Working Groups, Finances 2019, among others.
The 12 pillars of the Working Plan presented in Toulon are led by the 12 MedCruise members of the BoD, who work together with the President and the Secretariat to achieve the goals of the Association, promoting the cruise industry in the Med, Black Sea, Red Sea, Adriatic Sea and near Atlantic.