The first coordination meeting of the TEMPUS CruiseT in Odessa Print E-mail

DSCF3480_siteFrom 5 to 7 February 2014 at the Odessa National Maritime Academy with the participation of the administration of the Odessa seaport and the Association of the Black and Azov Seas BASPA held the first coordination meeting of the international project "Creating a network of centers of excellence for the development and support of cruise tourism in the Black Sea region". This project is funded by the Standing Committee of the European Union.

Participants in the meeting were about 100 representatives of the administrative, scientific and tourist organizations of operating agencies of the European Union, as well as from Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Slovakia, Turkey, Georgia, Romania, Bulgaria and other countries. The meeting discussed the development of the cruise tourism industry in the Black Sea region. The meeting was held in the Hall of the Academic Council of Odessa National Maritime Academy, as well as the restaurant "Grand Europe" in the building of the Naval Station.

The main objective of the project is the creation in Ukraine of two centers of competence (in Odessa and the Crimea), and in Georgia - a competence center for the development, preparation and training of personnel for cruise tourism in the Black Sea region.

Experts note the significant progress in the development of the cruise port infrastructure Black Sea countries and the growing interest of tourists to our region. According to the calculations of tour operators, annual growth in the number of cruises calling at the ports of the Black Sea during the last five years, it does not fall below 10%, and in 2013 was more than 30%.

Experts believe - the project will greatly enhance the investment attractiveness of the region that will provide a more efficient use of all available resources and will contribute to the competitiveness of all the countries of the Black Sea region.