I have written to all European cities that have a similar experience of cruise ship tourism as Venice and who have to balance economic development with environmental sustainability, boosting employment levels while establishing a healthy relationship with the area,

...says President Musolino.

From these ports, Palma de Mallorca, Marseille and Barcelona have already accepted and other replies are expected in the coming days.

A date will soon be set for a seminar on the issues, to be held in the Venice area.

The meeting would combine ideas from key ports players to establish guidelines for the European cruise industry of the future, while conveying to shipyards the need to build ships that are compatible with the European infrastructure and the environment, finally creating 'European class cruises', Mr. Musolino further explained.

We plan to organise a seminar-meeting in Venice shortly to discuss possible organisational, technological and operational solutions in an open and frank manner in order to preserve such an important industry for our economies, and at the same time to protect the fragility of our historic cities and their natural environment,

...Musolino concluded.


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