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Pan-European dialogue between cruise operators, ports, and coastal tourism stakeholders

Pan-European dialogue between cruise operators, ports, and coastal tourism stakeholders
Published on: 02/02/2015
As announced in action 3 of the Communication "A European Strategy for more Growth and Jobs in Coastal and Maritime Tourism", the European Commission promoted a structured dialogue on cruise tourism to enhance synergies in the sector, targeting best practice sharing in innovation, competitiveness, and sustainability strategies.
Event date: 05/03/2015 to 06/03/2015
Location: Square Conference Centre
Organiser: DG GROW - Tourism policy unit

Documents from the event

Programme pdf - 232 KB (232 KB)

Conference conclusions pdf - 344 KB (344 KB)

Photos of the event


Some statistics from the event xlsx (65 kB)


Presentations and speeches

Opening speech

Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

Keynote speakers

Santiago Garcia-Milà pdf - 74 kB (74 kB), Deputy CEO, Port of Barcelona, Chairman of the European Sea Ports Organization (ESPO)

Antonio Deudero pdf - 2 MB (2 MB), Director General for Ports and Airports of the Regional Government of the Balearic Islands, on behalf of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR)


Session 1: Ports for the future - managing congestion and other challenges, building solutions for the future

Adam Sharp pdf - 2 MB (2 MB), Northern Europe Port Services Manager, Royal Caribbean, Chairman of CLIA Europe Ports and Destinations Sub-Committee

Stavros Hatzakos pdf - 2 MB (2 MB), Director-General, Port of Piraeus, Chair of the ESPO network for cruise ports

Carla Salvadó pdf - 443 kB (443 kB), Marketing and Cruise Director, Port of Barcelona, President of MedCruise

Michel Nestour pdf - 2 MB (2 MB), VP Global Port and Destination Development, Carnival Corporation

Mihail Juc pdf - 960 kB (960 kB), Senior Engineer, Projects Directorate, Environment and Regional Development Department, European Investment Bank (EIB)


Session 2: Environmental sustainability - greener solutions for the cruise sector

Tom Strang pdf - 669 kB (669 kB), Senior Vice President Costa Crociere Spa, Chairman of CLIA Europe Environment, Safety and Security Sub-Committee

Monika Stankiewicz pdf - 2 MB (2 MB), Executive Secretary, Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission, Helsinki Commission (HELCOM)

Geert Smit pdf - 184 kB (184 kB), Senior Consultant, International Department, Panteia BV

Guido Van Meel pdf - 2 MB (2 MB), Secretary-General, Euroshore International

Hrvoje Carić pdf - 6 MB (6 MB), Institute for Tourism, Zagreb, Croatia


Session 3: The shared return - cruise tourism opportunities for coastal economies

Sotiris A. Bouzeas pdf - 4 MB (4 MB), CEO Greek Challenge, America’s Cup

Giuliano Gallanti (302 kB), President of the Port Authority of Livorno, Member of the Board of the Italian Ports Association (Assoporti)

Evaggelia Stefanidaki pdf - 2 MB (2 MB), Senior Researcher, University of Aegean

Amanda Jane Maciver pdf - 2 MB (2 MB), Maciver Business Development Services Ltd, Cruise Scotland


Session 4: A new impetus for regional cooperation in cruise tourism

Dolors Rodriguez pdf - 2 MB (2 MB), Director for Ports, Government of Catalonia

Christian de Barrin pdf - 798 kB (798 kB), CEO, Hotels, Restaurants and Cafes in Europe (HOTREC)

Olivier Lemerle pdf - 66 kB (66 kB), Director, Chambers of Commerce and Industry, member of the Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the EU (INSULEUR)

Zacharias Siokouros pdf - 2 MB (2 MB), President, Maritime Institute of Eastern Mediterranean

Jan Korthoudt pdf - 2 MB (2 MB), Tourism Director of Flanders International Department, Executive Committee Member of Network of European Regions for a sustainable and Competitive Tourism (NECSTOUR)



(1) Challenges and opportunities for cruise tourism in the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea and the Arctic

Steven Young pdf - 2 MB (2 MB), Director of Port Services and Government Affairs, Carnival UK

Jens Skrede (818 kB), Managing Director, Cruise Europe

Andreia Fernandes Ventura pdf - 4 MB (4 MB), Chairman of the Board of Directors, Port of Lisbon

Ilja Leo Lang pdf - 2 MB (2 MB), Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO)


(2) Challenges and opportunities for cruise tourism in the Baltic Sea

Claus Bødker pdf - 5 MB (5 MB), Director, Cruise Baltic

Nyrki Tuominen pdf - 2 MB (2 MB), Director, Economic Development Division of the City Executive Office of Helsinki

Ingrid Berezin pdf - 4 MB (4 MB), Business Manager, Cruise and Ferry, Port of Tallin

Sylvia Bretschneider pdf - 474 kB (474 kB), Chairman of the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference (BSPC)


(3) Challenges and opportunities for cruise tourism in the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea

John Portelli pdf - 2 MB (2 MB), General Manager, Roma Cruise Terminal

Francesco di Cesare pdf - 5 MB (5 MB), President, Risposte Turismo

Thanos Pallis pdf - 2 MB (2 MB), Secretary-General, MedCruise

Georgios Tsalonis pdf - 2 MB (2 MB), Regional Councillor of Central Macedonia in charge of Tourism, on behalf of CPMR