Following the newly-published Cruise Baltic Market Review, in 2019 5,909,784 guests visited the ports in the Baltic Sea, presenting an increase of 9.1% from 2018 and 16.9% from 2017. A recent report revealed that the cruise industry supports over 12,500 jobs in the Baltic Sea region, which has been recently seeing a surge of cruise passengers, which is showing on the positive economic impact in the region.
Port of Kiel continues to pursue its growth course in passenger traffic posting a 4.2% increase with 2.2 million travellers. At the same time, the port’s cargo sector was unable to match the top results of the reference period. The handling performance fell by 3.5% to 7.15 tons of cargo in 2018.
The Port of Southampton accomplished one of its milestones, with the upgrades to Ocean Cruise Terminal following the arrival of two new air bridges, as the Associated British ports informed. The port is now ready for the arrival of Iona, P&O Cruises newest cruise ship and the first wholly powered LNG ship built for the UK market.
The Government of the Philippines will boost the country’s cruise tourism from 2020 by attracting more cruise tourists arriving with international ships at the Salomague Ilocos Cruise Port, near the northern tip of Luzon, the largest island in the Philippines.
Port of Tallinn, Estonia, announced that it signed a deal with YIT Eesti AS for the construction of new cruise terminal in Tallinn Old City Harbour, with the deal having a 13.7 million euros value. Specifically, the cruise terminal will be completed in July 2021, according to plans.
One of the busiest ports in North America, the Port of Galveston along with Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) have inked a long-term agreement for the construction of a new $100 million cruise terminal. As the companies announced, RCL will be responsible for the terminal’s build while once completed it will be leased to the port for a 20-year initial term and with four 10-year options.
ESPO released a statement, explaining how important it is for European ports to keep all their port activities sustainable and what can be done to enhance a balanced development of cruise activities in European ports.
Pino Musolino, Chairman and CEO of the North Adriatic Sea Port Authority asked with a letter to Presidents and CEOs of all the cruise companies calling the port of Venice to fundraise in support of Venice and its lagoon which were devastated by the exceptional high tide on Tuesday, November 12.
Costa Cruises and the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority have now reopened the Calata delle Vele cruise ship quay and Palocrociere Terminal One in the Port of Savona, Italy, after an extensive renovation process. The Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority invested €17 million to conduct modifications to the quay.
The Global Ports Holding (GPH) has just started cruise operations in the port of Antigua. They have already passed six months, since the company’s agreement with the Government of Antigua and Barbud, on 1st Ferbuary,2019.
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