In its ninth edition, the global cruise industry met again in Madrid on November 27 and 28 to discuss about the future of the sector at the “International Cruise Summit 2019”.
More than 350 delegates from all over the world attended these conferences organized by Cruises News Media group, a company specialized in the promotion, communication and organization of this type of events for the cruise sector.
The Port Authority of Ceuta, together with Ceuta Tourist Services, participated in the “International Cruise Summit 2019”, one of the most prestigious congresses that is already an international reference year after year, where directors and executives of shipping companies, port authorities, tourist destinations, tour operators, consignees, travel agents, suppliers and industry experts meet.
The inauguration was carried out by the Director of CLIA Spain, the Adviser of Tourspain in Miami, and the General Director of tourism of the Community of Madrid who talked to the delegates highlighting the importance of the congress.
During these two days, several round tables and presentations addressed topics such as: “the incipient transformation of the industry”, “gastronomy as a new marketing axis”, “the vision, challenges and trends in shipbuilding”, “Big Data: the new gold of cruise marketing” or “sustainability in the tourist experience in ports and tourist destinations”, among many other topics.
Fostering Spain and its ports as a cruise destination
More than 350 delegates from all over the world attended that event with international speakers from Pullmantur Cruises, Costa Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Carnival UK, Royal Caribbean, Silversea, TUI Cruises, Cruise & Maritime Voyages, Saga Cruises , Fred Olsen, Marella Cruises, Princess Cruises, Crystal Cruises, MSC cruises, Blue World Voyages.
This ninth edition helped to enhance the image of Spain as the second European cruise tourist destination and the fourth European market allowing the city of Madrid to be the headquarters of the main international congresses. The sector will close 2019 with a new record of 30 million passengers and in 2020, 22 new ships will be received, an incredible figure that is, practically, 2 ships per month.
On the other hand, the environmental challenge and the industry’s commitment for getting zero future emissions was also part of the debate. In the commitment to reach sustainability, there were reserved spaces to deal with the management of mass tourism, the cycle and contribution of the cruise business to local economies or the detailed analysis of new ship orders until 2027.
Assistance and joint participation of the Port Authority and Tourist Services of Ceuta.
With such assistance, the Port Authority of Ceuta and Tourist Services continue to promote the port and the city of Ceuta, a presence considered of great interest to continue strengthening meetings with the main cruise agents, giving continuity to the contacts established in other forums of the sector.
It is necessary to emphasize the importance that this type of forums have for the development of the cruise segment in the city. It is essential that the Port and the City are present in all those meetings to show strength and growth.
Participation of the Port of Ceuta in an event organized by CLIA (International Association of Cruise Lines)
The representation of the Port of Ceuta, headed by its Commercial and Marketing Director, was present in a day prior to the summit, when he held meetings with delegates of the main shipping companies and other professional of this association which includes the main lines of cruise ships worldwide, presenting the advantages offered by the Port of Ceuta.
Finally, it should be noted that the Port and the City are planning new objectives to continue promoting this traffic in upcoming forums and international fairs, with a presence in professional associations of the cruise industry that will report new calls and visits for the benefit of the economy and the tourist sector.
For further information: www.internationalcruisesummit.com