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Greek Shipowners Call for the Creation of a National Cruise Committee

A national committee that will oversee matters of cruise travel was the focus of a recent meeting between the board of the Union of Cruise Shipowners and Associated Members (EEKFN) and government officials.

MSC ‘Musica’: When Luxury Sails Greek Waters

Luxury liner MSC Musica has set sail for Greek waters with Piraeus as its first port of call on May 7.

Piraeus Port Cruise Facilities to be Completed by Year-end

Following a series of delays, a new construction which will facilitate the docking of cruise ships at the Port of Piraeus is set to be completed by the end of the year, the Piraeus Port Authority (OLP) announced last week.

Celestyal Cruise Brings Secrets of Greek Island Cuisine on Board

As part of its three-day and four-day “Images of the Aegean” routes, Celestyal Cruises introduces travelers to the secrets of Greek island cuisine, and the GTP was there to sample the treats.

Greece Still not Home Porting, Losing Revenue, Jobs

Greece may be 3rd in Europe with regard to the number of cruise passengers it receives with a 14.1 percent market share, but it lags behind in the total revenues it collects, ranking 8th, according to a report released by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

Cruise Companies Set Sights on New Greek Destinations

The islands of Milos, Samos, Ios, Syros, Chios, Symi and Kos are scheduled to be included in cruise itineraries for the following year in efforts to win over the rapidly growing cruise market, local media report.

Yahoo Lists Top Cruise Destinations, Greece a Favorite

Cruise travel is becoming a big business and all the more travelers are now keen on boarding a luxury liner and seeing the world.

Cruise Ships Still Visiting Greece Despite Refugee Crisis

Greece is growing into one of the most popular cruise travel destinations in the Mediterranean with the results for 2015 remaining steady and the outlook for 2016 appearing positive despite the refugee crisis, the Hellenic Ports Association (ELIME) said recently.

CLIA: Europe Cruise Travel On the Rise, Greek Market Share Drops

A record 6.6 million Europeans took to the seas in 2015, with an additional 200,000 opting to take a cruise for their holidays compared to last year, marking a 3 percent rise, but the Greek market saw a 14 percent drop with less than 16,000 preferring to take a cruise, the Cruise...

MEPs Put Greece, Europe Tourism on the Table

The importance of initiatives to advance tourism growth and cruise travel to Greece and Europe was at the center of a day event held at the European Parliament on Monday.

Greek Port Strikes a Set Back for Cruise Revenue

The cruise industry is feeling the brunt of ongoing strikes at ports in Thessaloniki and Piraeus, with potential losses reaching 12 million euros this month, stated Mr Theodore Kontes, the president of Union of Cruise Shipowners and Associated Members (EEKFN).

Greek Ports Fail to Attract Cruise Tourism, Miss Out on €1.3bn Yearly

Greek ports have failed to draw in cruise travel despite the lifting of cabotage restrictions and are missing out by 1.3 billion euros in annual revenue, a report by Athens-based non-profit research organisation diaNEOsis revealed recently.

Greece 3rd Favorite Europe Cruise Destination

Besides being one of the fastest growing sectors in Europe, cruise travel employs some 10,000 people who contribute over 188 million euros annually to the Greek economy, according to the latest report by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

Minister Kountoura Sees Cruise Tourism as Vital Force for Greece

Promoting Greece’s sea tourism options, including more Greek destinations in cruise itineraries, offering a wide variety of theme-related journeys and strengthening public-private partnerships (PPPs) are at the core of the tourism ministry’s agenda for the further reinforcement...

Insider Says Greece Cruise Traffic to Shrink Next Year

Cruise traffic in Greece is expected to decline by 30 percent in 2017 resulting in fewer tourists and dwindling tourism revenues, according to Andreas Stylianopoulos, responsible for cruise travel at the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE).

South Aegean Governor, Cosco Discuss Ways to ‘Save’ Cruise Tourism

In view of forecasts for a 30 percent drop in cruise tourism to Greece in 2017, South Aegean Governor George Hatzimarkos recently met with Cosco management at the Piraeus Port Authority, to discuss ways to address the issue.

Thessaloniki Port Sale Priority for New Shipping Minister

Ensuring the sale of a 67 percent stake in the Thessaloniki port authority moves ahead swiftly and trouble free tops the agenda of new incoming shipping minister Panagiotis Kouroumblis.

Rough Waters Ahead for Greek Cruise Travel

Despite forecasts of robust growth for the international cruise travel industry, the sector in Greece is barely keeping its head above the water with local industry insiders speaking of a 25 percent decline in traffic for 2017 and the same trend in 2018.

Cruise Sector to Inject €0.5bn into Greek Economy in 2017

The cruise sector is expected to inject 0.5 billion euros into the Greek economy this year, according to Theodore Vokos, executive director of Posidonia Exhibitions.

Cruise Ships Sailing Away from Greek Destinations

True to shipping industry insider predictions, cruise travel to Greece, dropped in the Jan.-July period and is expected to remain below par in 2018. 
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