The Seatrade & MedCruise Week 18th, 19th & 20th Sep 2018

MedCruise VIP & Seatrade Speakers' Dinner

The traditional dinner was celebrated at the New Lisbon Cruise Terminal (LCT) and attended by more than 300 professionals from MedCruise members, Portuguese Authorities, Seatrade speakers, Cruise lines representatives and CLIA Diamond members, this distinctive event gave the starting shot of the fruitful Seatrade Cruise Med 2018.
''It is an honour for our MedCruise family to have such as distinguished guests among us and sharing that lovely evening in this amazing venue. Thank you so much Port of Lisbon and Global Ports, both MedCruise members, for hosting this unique evening.'' Airam Diaz Pastor - MedCruise President.

The New Lisbon Cruise Terminal (LCT) is a consortium between Global Liman Isletmeleri, Grupo Sousa Investimentos, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Creuers del Port de Barcelona S.A. It was inagurated in November 2017 and managed by the MedCruise member Global Ports Holding.

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.
MedCruise, as a main sponsor of the event, counted with an exhibition area of 650 s.q.m, pavilion composed by 21 stands of MedCruise members around a central major MedCruise Association booth that represented all the force of the association and united the strength of all the ports together.
Costa Brava Cruise Port Presentation with Maria Cano, BoD - Communication, Marketing & Promotion
B2B Meetings
ItinEra project presentation with Cristina De Gregori, BoD - Projects & Studies
Croatian Cruise Ports with Airam Diaz, MedCruise President
MedCruise member Corfu Port with Aris Batsoulis, MedCruise Senior VP
MedCruise member Portofino
MedCruise member Gibraltar Port Authority and Tourist board with Nicky Guerrero, BoD - Partnerships & Events
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.

MedCruise Pavillion
MedCruise member Porto di Livorno 2000
MedCruise member Marseille Provence
MedCruise member Egyptian Ports
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.

MedCruise member GalataPort, Istambul
The conferences programme was full of interesting and current topics, MedCruise members and MedCruise Board of Directors were part of most of the panels as experienced and recognized cruise industry professionals. In total 13 MedCruise panelists participated at the conferences.

KeyNote Addresses

By Airam Diaz Pastor, MedCruise President and David Dingle, Chairman of CLIA Europe, and Chairman, Carnival UK.

"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

Lucy Hockings from BBC WORLD News moderated the State of the industry panel, where MedCruise President, Airam Diaz Pastor, together with David Dingle, Chairman of CLIA Europe and Carnival Cruise Line UK; Stuart Leven, from Royal Caribbean International; Gianni Onorato, CEO at MSC Cruices; Costa Crociere President, Neil Palomba; and Pullmantur Group President & CEO, Richard J. Vogel, had the opportunity to discuss latest developments and future challenges in the cruise industry.

"Meeting Future Demand in the Med and its Adjoining Seas" panel

MedCruise Director of Partnerships & Events, Nicky Guerrero, moderated this session; where Figen Ayan, MedCruise Director of Professional Development, participated together with Port of Lisbon General Manager, Ricardo Medeiros; Intercruises Global Product & Operations Director, Ramon Hurtado; Lisbon Cruise Port Member of the Board, Ricardo Ferreira; Mystic Invest CEO, Mário Ferreira; Pullmantur Director Itinerary Planning, Charter Flights and Full Charter, Javier Marín and MSC Cruices Head of Global Port Development & Shore Activities, Gianluca Suprani.

"How the Cruise Industry Deals With Air Emission Challenges" panel

MedCruise Director of Sustainability and Environmental Issues, Valeria Mangiarotti, participated in this session together with Bud Darr MSC Cruices Executive Vice President, Maritime Policy and Government Affairs; Felix Leinemann Head of Unit Blue Economy of the European Commission; Nick Rose Director, Environmental Programs at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd and Tom Strang SVP Maritime Affairs of Carnival Corporation & plc. This panel, moderated by MedCruise Secretary General, Jordi Caballé, focused on how cruise ship operators are managing air pollution, how far cruising has come and where to go next for creating a sustainable environment.

"Hidden Gems Uncovered" panel

Opportunities in New Destinations

This session moderated by Mary Bond, editor of Seatrade Cruise News, covered issues such as overcrowding and the introduction of new cruise destinations at #STCMed. Susana Soria from MedCruise member Port Castelló, was part of this panel together with Grethe Parker Cruise Narvik Cruise Coordinator; Emilio Freeman SeaDream Yacht Club VP Destinations & Revenue Management; Federico Bartoli Costa Crociere S.p.A. Itinerary Planning Director; Craig Milan Virgin Voyages VP Itinerary Planning & Destination Development; Paul Britton Disney Cruise Lines Manager of Marine Operations, Ports & Itinerary Planning and George Tziallas Secretary General for Tourism Policy and Development Ministry of Tourism, Greece.

"How New-Build Luxury Yachts are Impacting the Upscale Market in the Med" panel

The session was moderated by Lucy Hockings, from BBC World News, where MedCruise member, Anne-Sophie Peyran from Riviera Ports, shared her expertise together with Douglas Prothero CEO from The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection and Stephen Winter International Sales Director from Ponant - Yacht Cruises & Expeditions.

"Making Cruising Welcome" panel

How to Find the Balance between the Economic Impact from Cruise Tourism and Sustainability in Port-Cities and Destinations

MedCruise Vice President and Director of Ports, Cities & Destinations, Laura Cimaglia, participated in this session; together with Joan Gual de Torrella Balearic Islands Port Authority President, Elisabetta De Nardo MSC Cruices VP Port Development; Michel Nestour Carnival Corporation & plc Vice President - GPDD and Jelka Tepšić City of Dubrovnik Deputy Mayor.

"Innovation Arena" panel

How the Industry is Turning to New Technologies and Innovations to Enhance the Guest Experience both Afloat and Ashore

It is essential for businesses to keep innovating. MedCruise member Mark Robinson from Global Ports Holding PLC moderated this session, which counted also with MedCruise Member Delphine Beudin, from Ports of Toulon Bay, together with Henriette Bismo Eilertsen General Manager of North Adventure and Helena Sawelin Partner, Senior Interior Designer and Project Director of Tillberg Design of Sweden.
After two full days at Seatrade Cruise Med Exhibition, MedCruise regular members and Associate members gathered together for the pre-eminent MedCruise General Assembly.

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.

After this three-hour session, the MedCruise member, Port of Lisbon, that hosted the General Assembly, organised a family trip into the green and glorious countryside of the Sintra Mountains.

A very fruitful week for all MedCruise members which counted with 20o cruise line executives. A great opportunity for everyone to network with industry leaders, meet key contacts and Cruise Operators and attend top quality Cruise Industry Press Conferences.

Thank you Port of Lisbon for the organisation of this major event and this unique experience.


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