Cruising has a significant impact on the Greek economy

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According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), Greece expects to collect more than 1.1 billion euros this year thanks to increased home port activity and the addition of new cruise destinations. port of call. Note the organization of the Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum which will take place on April 25 and 26.

The Port of Piraeus is expected to exceed one million passengers this year

Ahead of the highly anticipated Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum, CLIA released data in March revealing that Greece, which is at the forefront of European cruising, is set to benefit from an increased economic impact Of the industry. According to the data, Piraeus, the country’s leading seaport, is expected to exceed one million passengers in 2023.

A significant recipe for the Greek economy

“In 2021, Greece realized an unprecedented economic impact of €1.1 billion from cruise activities, compared to €957 million in 2019,” CLIA said.

Thousands of jobs in Europe

The cruise sector in 2021 would have deployed 315,000 jobs in Europe, including 15,100 in Greece.

In addition, passengers in Greece spent longer periods in port towns and overnight stays in local hotels, contributing to the increased economic impact due to ships’ longer stays in port to carry out works. techniques.

The 7th Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum

The data has been published , organized by Posidonia Exhibitions SA , to be held from April 25 to 26 in Thessaloniki. “The Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum is an important event that brings industry leaders together and provides them with a platform to share their views on the challenges and potential of the industry,” said Theodore Vokos, Managing Director of Posidonia Exhibitions SA, adding that this year’s event promises to be “one of the most important events of the year” for the cruise industry.

Growing numbers

CLIA predicts that the cruise industry will attract up to 33 million passengers in 2023, greatly surpassing the 29.7 million recorded in 2019, the last year before the pandemic.

Additionally, 60% of people who have taken a cruise have since returned to a destination they first visited on a cruise ship, so every cruise is essentially a familiarization trip.

CLIA Global Market Report 2020 Shows 85% of Millennials Plan to Cruise Again, Followed by Gen X (82%), Gen Z (79%), Baby Boomers (77%) and Traditionalists (73%).

Economic impact that has certainly become unavoidable, but unfortunately not without irreversible impact for ecology..

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