News From Newsletter June 2013

Costa Brava Cruise Ports

Meetings are held with Royal Caribbean and Louis Cruises at the Medcruise General Assembly

The Costa Brava Girona Tourist Board, in its capacity as member of the Costa Brava Cruise Ports brand, took part in the 42nd Medcruise General Assembly, held on 13th and 14th June in Madeira, Portugal.

As is habitual in events of this kind, a workshop was held on the final day with the cruise ship companies that take part in the various events of the general assembly. The Costa Brava Girona Tourist Board, together with the Port Authority of the Government of Catalonia, met with the 5 companies present: Royal Caribbean, Louis Cruises, Holland America Line, TUI Cruises and Pullmantur.

During the general assembly and the workshop, the Costa Brava Girona Tourist Board presented the infrastructures of Palamós and Roses ports, along with the general tourism offering of the Costa Brava destination.

According to estimates, cruise ship activity in Palamós and Roses ports (taking into account passengers and crew members) will generate an economic impact of 2.2 million euros.

Palamós and Roses ports will welcome 43 cruise ship visits, 32,800 passengers and 15,350 crew members. These figures represent an estimated economic impact for the area of 2,194,775 euros. This figure has been obtained from a 2012 study by the CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) – Europe, on the contribution of the cruise ship industry to the European economy. It should be pointed out that Palamós and Roses are ports of call in which cruise ships remain for between 8 and 10 hours.

Palamós port forecasts a positive cruise season for 2013 with the arrival of 36 cruise ships and approximately 31,500 passengers. Cruise ship visits are set to increase by 38%, equalling the figures for the 2011 season, the best enjoyed by the port to date. 11 European and American cruise ships will visit Palamós port for the first time. Meanwhile, and for the second year running, Roses port has strengthened its position as a Costa Brava cruise port, welcoming 7 cruise ships and approximately 1,300 passengers over the course of six months. In comparison with 2012, Roses port will receive two additional visits from cruise ships.

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