03 Mar 14

Gibraltar to be represented at cruise meetings in Miami

The Minister for Tourism, Commercial Affairs, Public Transport and the Port, Neil
Costa MP and senior officials from the Gibraltar Tourist Board will travel to Miami this
week ahead of the world famous Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention for a series of
meetings with top cruise company executives.
The visit is in keeping with Mr Costa’s strategy of holding one-to-one meetings with
senior industry professionals in order to strengthen Gibraltar’s presence in the
international cruise industry. Mr Costa declared that personal contact and an
exchange of ideas with itinerary planners and shore excursion decision makers is
vital to maintaining and increasing the number of cruise calls at Gibraltar.
Mr Costa said: “Our policy of building up personal relationships with the industry is
starting to show positive results, with an increase in the number of cruise calls lined
up for 2014 and 2015. Our presence in Miami continues the policy of meetings with
cruise executives designed to strengthen Gibraltar’s position as an international hub
of excellence for maritime services and a vibrant destination for cruise calls.” He
noted the recent announcement by Royal Caribbean International that its newest
megaship, Anthem of the Seas, will call at Gibraltar seven times next year, with an
estimated total of 35,000 passengers.
Mr Costa also said that he planned to invite senior executives from cruise companies
to experience Gibraltar’s “legendary business hospitality,” including representatives
from Pullmantur, Thomson and Island Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises, Saga Cruises
and Carnival Cruises.
He further stated that another area being actively monitored as part of the Gibraltar
Government’s commitment to the expansion of port services, is the provision of
turnaround cruises in Gibraltar. The Minister explained this was another objective that
he continues to pursue.