ATHENS – With Greece eager to attract more cruise ships to bring in even more tourists, government officials met with Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) representatives on a plan to manage arrivals and see more destinations.
CLIA said it had a 5-point agenda to extend the tourist season – Greece is urging visitors to come year round and not mainly the summer – the cruise ship sector wanting a berth allocation system and planning arrivals and departures.
CLIA’s Director-General in Europe, Marie Caroline Laurent, said: “The goal of our proposed Action Plan is to maximize the benefits to Greece from cruising and help to unlock its potential for sustainable growth.”
CLIA’s National Director, Eastern Mediterranean Maria Deligianni added: “Greece is seeing great growth in cruising the last years, bringing significant benefits to its economy, generating more than 1.1 billion euros annually and supporting thousands of jobs.”
She applauded support for the sector and said that, “We cooperate on itineraries, port operations, and improved destination management practices, to provide sustainable, optimal experiences for communities and visitors”.
A meeting with the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy Christos Stylianides discussed the need for port infrastructure and investments for development of homeporting activities and new destinations, said Travel News.