|Odessa Sea Port Authority commenced the overture activities in relation to international cruise forum|
|Monday, 21 March 2016 12:45|
The Association of Mediterranean and Black Sea Cruise Ports “MedCruise” 48th General Assembly organizing committee held a first meeting on March 15, 2016 under the chairmanship of M. Sokolov, Odessa Sea Port Authority General Manager. The heads of departments and services of Odessa Branch of the State Enterprise “Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority” (Odessa Sea Port Authority), who are in duty for organization, technical, transport and information support of the forum took part in the meeting. The forum mentioned is to be held in Odessa at the end of June c.y.
- According to E. Leshchynskaya, MedCruise Association Director – Black Sea, Head of Tourism and Eurointegration Department of Odessa Sea Port Authority , 5 worldwide leading cruise corporations confirmed their presence at General Assembly in Odessa as of middle of March. The interest in our region, city and consent to participation in the venue of leading cruise operators is regarded to be a great success. Despite complicated political situation in the region, we managed to persuade our partners in the perspective of holding regular discussion concerning developing cruise business especially in Odessa, as it was planned earlier. Thereby we want to show that Ukraine still remains tolerant and safe country for international tourists.
The holding of the cruise forum in Odessa is planned on June 22-25 c.y. The format of the forthcoming General Assembly is traditional: plenary meetings, discussions of separate issues, B2B meetings (cruise ports and cruise operators), seminars, working out and acceptance of the final declaration in agenda key issues.
It should be noted that, continued E. Leshchynskaya, the General Assembly of the highest status cruise association in Europe is a unique opportunity to demonstrate to the leading players of cruise market all that best that Odessa can give to experienced tourists as original city, cultural and historical center, as a port with developed infrastructure for passenger vessels acceptance. Although, according to cruise operators for now it is not auspicious moment for planning ship calls at Black Sea ports. But cruise itineraries are planned 2-3 years in advance. And we hope that the holding of MedCruise Association 48th General Assembly in Odessa, which is by the way celebrates this year 20th anniversary since its creation, will lay a foundation for returning white vessels to Black Sea.
Note. Set up in Rome on the 11th of June 1996, MedCruise is the Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports. MedCruise's mission is to promote the cruise industry in the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas. Today, the association has grown to 72 members representing more than 100 ports around the Mediterranean region, including the Black Sea, the Red Sea and the Near Atlantic, plus 32 associate members, representing other associations, tourist boards and ship/port agents. Odessa Sea Port became a member in 2008 and since 2011 has its representative in the Board of Directors.