Programme & Speakers

The Return to Growth: Challenges ahead for Cruise Lines and Destinations

Speakers will be available shortly

DAY 1    Tuesday 25 April 2023

09:15 - 09:50        Morning Coffee – Registration

09:50 - 10:00        Welcome messages - Opening statements

10:10 - 11:30        STATE OF THE INDUSTRY: The Crucial Role of the Mediterranean in Post-Pandemic Cruising

  • After the traumatic period of the pandemic, how is the cruise restart in the Mediterranean progressing?
  • Given that many European destinations experienced very high arrival numbers in the second half of 2022, is it correct to assume cruising will be able to reach 2019’s record levels soon?
  • The long pause in cruise operations instigated a wide range of damage control maneuvers that called for significant fleet, corporate and financial restructuring. When can we begin to talk about a full recovery for the cruise industry?

11:30 - 11:50        Networking Coffee Break

11:50 - 13:10        Growth Challenges for Cruise Lines and Destinations

  • As tourism begins to regain its pre-pandemic rhythm, sustainability and overcrowding challenges will also return to the forefront for many popular destinations. How will this impact on future itinerary design and guest satisfaction?
  • Is berth allocation enough of a solution to ease pressure on marquee destinations?
  • Alternatively, could cruise lines, central & local governments, private sectors and ports cooperate to develop and promote enough destination alternatives to better disperse call traffic and mitigate the impact on marquee ports?
  • How can public and private investments be channeled toward port and tourism infrastructure development more effectively? What are the key areas to focus on so as to ensure a given destination’s capacity to meet both operational needs and passenger expectations in a satisfactory and sustainable way?

13:10 - 14:10        Networking Lunch

14:10 - 15:25        CLIA EUROPE Session - Pathways to Net Zero

15:40                     Port Visit (For Speakers & Delegates | pre-registration required)


DAY 2    Wednesday 26 April 2023

09:15 - 09:50        Morning Coffee - Registration

09:50 - 10:00        Welcome messages - Opening statements

10:00 - 11:20        Infrastructure Solutions for Ports - Environmental & Sustainability Challenges

  • What are the required actions for cruise ports to be able to comply with the EU’s “Fit for 55” 2030 deadline for reduced greenhouse gas emissions? What exactly is required in the case of very small transit cruise ports and islands?
  • What fixed docking solutions are there to accommodate larger ships in smaller ports and islands without impacting on the destination’s aesthetic value and distinct characteristics?
  • If only a tender approach is possible, what solutions are there to improve anchorage conditions, safety, comfort and overall passenger experience?
  • How can multi-purpose smaller ports adapt to seasonal cruise calls? How effective is the use of moveable infrastructures?

11:20 - 11:40        Networking Coffee Break
11:40 - 13:00        The Appeal of Venturing to Non-Mainstream Destinations: Luxury & Expedition Cruising leading the Way 

  • The smaller sized cruise ships operated by luxury and expedition brands are capable of calling at a much wider range of cruise ports. Does the inclusion of more lesser-known and frequented destinations enhance itinerary appeal and overall guest satisfaction?
  • Some of these newer cruise destinations may lack the tourism sophistication and infrastructure of more popular ports, but they can offer genuine travel experiences. Is this a plus or a minus for a luxury brand?
  • New trends in cruiser expectations include more active shore experiences, as well as tours that focus on sustainability, environmental sensitivity, deeper immersion into local culture and other special features unique to a given destination. How important is the ability to offer such an array of shore options to niche cruise lines?

13:00 - 14:00        Networking Lunch

14:00 - 15:30        The Public Image of the Super Yacht Industry and the Reality behind the Industry
Organised by the European Committee for Professional Yachting (ECPY) and the Hellenic Committee for Professional Yachting (HCPY)

14:00 - 15:30        Parallel Workshop CRUISE SALES: How can Travel Agents benefit from increased demand for Cruise Holidays
In association with CLIA and FedHATTA, the Federation of Hellenic Associations of Tourist & Travel Agencies



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