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Sea Tourism, Cruise Travel Come into Focus at 4th Posidonia Athens Forum

In view of geo-political challenges as well as of the Mediterranean region’s appeal in cruise markets, sea tourism and all parallel sectors will come into the spotlight on May 23-24 during the 4th Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum to be held at the Megaron Athens International Conference Center.

Set to attract over 700 participants and 39 exhibitors from 20 countries and territories, the two-day industry event under the theme “Reinventing Cruising in the East Mediterranean”, will explore trends and developments, as well as address the future of the region’s sea tourism and its potential.

Sector executives, experts, and decision-makers from the global cruise industry will meet with the region’s major players as well as with government officials to discuss growth strategies, new destination development, itinerary planning, innovation in shore excursion programs, port privatization, cruise marketing and sales, port infrastructure development and the new generation cruise ships, shore excursions and land programs design, pricing and profitability.

The forum will be attended among others by Richard Vogel, President & CEO, Pullmantur; Larry Pimentel, President & CEO, Azamara Cruises; Kerry Anastassiadis, CEO, Celestyal Cruises & Chairman, CLIA Europe; Michel Nestour, Vice President, Global Port and Destination Development – EuroMed, Carnival Corp.; Claudius Docekal, Vice President, Deployment, Crystal Cruises; Elisabetta De Nardo, Global Head of Port Operations & Destination Management, Silversea Cruises; Craig Milan, Vice President Operations, Virgin Voyages; Ukko Metsola, Vice President Government Relations, Royal Caribbean Cruises; and Ana Karina Santini, Public Relations Italy & Med Port Development Manager, Royal Caribbean – Celebrity Cruises – Azamara Club Cruises.

“Interest is particularly strong from ports and destinations, tourist service providers, airlines, sector publishers and new technologies, as well as from sectors related to the yachting and marina industry, also very prominently featured in the forum,” said Theodore Vokos, executive director of event organiser Posidonia Exhibitions SA.

Press here to see the workshop and seminar programme.

Posidonia is organized under the auspices of the Tourism and the Maritime Affairs & Insular Policy ministries with the support of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, the Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports, the Hellenic Port Association (ELIME), the Hellenic Professional Yacht Owners Association, the Greek Marinas Association, the Association of Passenger Shipping Companies, the Union of Cruise Ship Owners & Associated Members and the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies (HATTA).

The Greek Travel Pages (GTP) is a media sponsor of this year’s Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum.

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