Posidonia 2019 to explore shipping future in East Med and Black Sea

Posidonia 2019 to explore shipping future in East Med and Black Sea
Posidonia 2019 will feature workshops and sessions with many senior cruise executives (Image: Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum)

Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum (PSTF) 2019 which will be held in Athens, Greece on 28-29 May, will explore the future of the industry in the East Mediterranean and Black Sea, particularly highlighting the recent positive developments impacting sea tourism in the region. 

These include major cruise lines, such as Disney Cruise Line, returning to Turkish ports and the increased berth capacity in the East Med. These, and other factors, are driving growth in the region, as evidenced by the forecasted 7.5% increase of calls in Greek ports, according to the Union of Greek Cruise Ship Owners and Associated Members.

“Greece’s growing status as a world-class cruise destination is also among the topics to be discussed by some 50 experts from the international cruise and yachting sectors,” said Theodore Vokos, managing director of Posidonia Exhibitions. “They will be sharing their thoughts on a variety of issues, including the impending Greek port privatisations and the strategic benefits from the promising gradual stabilisation of regional geopolitical hotspots.”

Senior executives from major cruise lines will also address partnerships between ships, ports and destinations for sustainable tourism. Other topics will include the region’s potential to offer year-round cruise products and the overall impact from the physical growth of cruise ships.  

Cruise Lines International Association Europe and MedCruise will host industry meetings at the forum, which is expected to attract over 600 delegates and exhibitors from over 20 countries. MSC Cruises will also discuss the importance of developing the cruise market in Greece under the endorsement of the Federation of Hellenic Associations of Tourist and Travel Agencies. 

In addition, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Silversea Cruises will discuss the cruise sector’s procurement procedures with Greek marine equipment manufacturers at a workshop organised by the Hellenic Marine Equipment Manufacturers and Exporters. 

The event will also promote the sector’s career employment opportunities for the younger generations, by teaming up with Young Executives Shipping Forum and through its Blue Growth event. Young entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to present their business plans to attract investments for their start-ups. 

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Elly Yates-Roberts
By Elly Yates-Roberts
15 May 2019

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