|From the history of Odessa International Cruise Summit “Black Sea Cruise”|
|Monday, 06 August 2012 14:04|
Experts say that by 2020 every second tourist will have an unforgettable experience of cruise tourism. Cruise market is increasing due to construction of new “floating hotels” and growing popularity of the rest surrounded by moving impressions. Under such circumstances it is extremely important to revive and develop “the most beautiful and modern type of maritime business” in the Black Sea region. Having a high tourist potential, long-term original history and amazing hospitality, the Black Sea region has all chances to become a real cruise destination discovery on the global cruise map. This very issue is the main goal of the international cruise conference “Black Sea Cruise”, the organizers of which are State Enterprise “Odessa Commercial Sea Port”, the Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports “MedCruise”, International Black and Azov Seas Port Association (BASPA).
The first conference “Black Sea Cruise” took place on 24-25, September, 2008 in the city of Odessa. Among its participants were representatives not only from all countries of the Black Sea region (Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Georgia) but also representatives of companies from Greece, Italy, Kazakhstan, Great Britain, the USA, Spain and Germany. The most attractive point of the event was the presence of such representatives of the world cruise industry as Vice-President of the shipping company «Royal Caribbean» John Tercek (USA), Vice-President of the shipping company “Princess Cruises” Bruce Krumrine (USA), the Head of Maritime Operations Department of the shipping company “Mediterranean Shipping Company” Luigi Pastena as well as such experts as Secretary General of the Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports “MedCruise” Jose Campos (Spain), Vice-President of the Association “MedCruise” Valeria Mangiarotti (Spain), the President of the company “G.P.Wild International Ltd” Peter Wilde (Great Britain), etc.
The main trends of the global cruise industry development were discussed at the conference as well as the analysis of the cruise business market at the Black Sea basin and its development perspectives, the state of infrastructure of the passenger carriers at the sea ports of Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, Romania, Turkey, and Ukraine.
The second conference “Black Sea Cruise” took place on 16-18 September, 2010. The event was attended by nearly 120 delegates from 16 countries of the world. The participants of the conference were cruise and travel companies from the Black Sea countries, the USA and Europe, representatives of four cruise lines, authorities of all Black Sea region countries, etc.
The main goal of the conference was free communication between executives and representatives of the largest cruise operators, shipping companies, ports, travel and transport companies, representatives of government agencies and regional authorities, municipalities of the Black Sea region, representatives of all companies connected with passenger transportation and maritime business. The event is aimed at attraction cruise tourists and cruise shipping stimulation on the Black Sea. During the conference Deputy Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Bondar O.V., Deputy Minister of Resorts and Tourism of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Marinov N.N., General Manager of State Enterprise “ Odessa Commercial Sea Port” Pavlyuk N.P., the President of the Association MedCruise Mr John Spadni, Marketing Director of the European Cruise Union William Gibbons, the biggest cruise operators Royal Caribbean, V.Ships Leisure (Giorgio Matta), Compagnie Du Ponant (Marc Berberian), analytical company G.P. Wild (International) Ltd, as well as representatives of the governmental agencies and cruise ports of the Black Sea region and many others delivered their reports. The Session was followed by the signing two protocols on cooperation between the port of Yalta and Royal Caribbean International Company and the port of Odessa and the port of Lattakia (Syria).
In 2012 the third international conference “Black Sea Cruise” will traditionally take place in September. The representatives of the leading global cruise operators, state authorities and municipalities of Ukraine, Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, Romania, Turkey and Greece, Black sea port administrations, world experts of cruise industry and everyone who is not indifferent to the fate of cruise business in the Black Sea region are expected to participate in the event. The representatives of such cruise companies as “Royal Caribbean Cruises”, “Pullmantur Cruceros”, “Azamara Club Cruises”, “Carnival UK”, “Classic International Cruises”, “Sea Dream Yacht Club”, “MSC Cruises” have already confirmed their participation in the conference. This year the event is held within the frames of the marketing Black Sea cruise ports project «Cruise Black Sea» the aim of which is the promotion of the region as a unified cruise destination on the international cruise market. The Program of the conference includes the discussion of the following issues:
- primary trends of the world cruise market development;
- challenges and prospects of development of the Black Sea cruise destinations;
- overview of the port and city infrastructure;
- investment opportunities of the region;
- quality of shore services rendered to cruise tourists;
- presentation of the shore products of the region;
- promotion of the region as a unified cruise destination on the international cruise
The framework of the conference covers: two sessions, В2В (“business-to-business”), round table of the participants of Cruise Black Sea project, Press conference, gala-dinner.
Looking ahead, we want to believe that due to joint efforts of the members of the regular cruise summit “Black Sea Cruise” in the nearest future flags of the world mega-liners will flutter in each port of the Black Sea.
Organizing Committee of The Third International Conference "Black Sea Cruise 2012"