Pullmantur and Disney opt for the Port of Cartagena
The Port Authority of Cartagena has once again participated in the largest cruise fair in the world: the Seatrade Cruise Global, within the stand for the "Ports of Spain" and other Port Authorities and companies that promote destinations, products and services. Located in Fort Lauderdale, in south east Florida (US), this fair brings together the major tourist ports of the world and in which Spain participates with more than 40 companies. Ending today Thursday 8 March, this is one of the most important dates not only at shipping company level but also tourist level.
Last year was the best in the history of Cartagena with 151 stopovers and more than 236,000 passengers who came to our city. For 2018, the forecasts are still on the rise by consolidating Cartagena into eighth position in the cruise ship area.
Spain has achieved a privileged position in the global context of this sector, thanks to the Government’s strong commitment, together with the work of other Administrations and private initiatives, surpassing 9.2 million visitors from cruise ships for the first time in its history. In addition to being the second European power in number of cruise passengers, several Spanish ports lead the European rankings and are even among the first 50 ports in the world, as is the case of the ports of Barcelona, those of the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands, Malaga, Valencia, Cadiz, Cartagena or Vigo. According to the provisions from the Port Authorities, cruise traffic will continue to grow over the next few years in Spain at a rate of between 1.5 and 3% to probably exceed 9.5 million cruise passengers in 2020.
With a view to the near future, the Port Authority of Cartagena has held meetings with various cruise ship companies to promote our city and expand those figures. As novelties we can highlight the stopovers by Pullmantur in 2018 and Disney in 2019.
Various topics were discussed in the Seatrade Global such as maritime growth, the opening of destinations and ports, environmental conservation or technological advances. Besides that, pooling the marketing of port products and businesses of all continents, Europe, Asia, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Australia and the Middle East. Cartagena has been attending since the1997 edition and has always actively promoted its port infrastructures and the tourist offer of the region in order to increase cruise ship traffic.
The cruise ship industry moves 25 million passengers, with 62 maritime and river lines, more than 6,000 boats on the seven seas, 30,000 tour agents, and almost 20,000 travel agencies that are experts in cruises, with 2,000 destinations in the world. This industry is a source of employment in various sectors: technology, security, surveillance, hygiene, technical equipment, gastronomy, foodstuffs, specialist marine staff, travel agencies, transport, etc. This means an economic growth for cities with a cruise ship port of relevance, such as in the case of Cartagena.
Cruising has not only changed the tourist concept, offering comfort, security and attractions, but increasingly promotes Shore Excursions to archaeological, cultural and artistic sites, thus supporting national heritage. Passengers enjoy the ship and also enjoy the cities. Cartagena follows in the wake of its port by growing into a tourist city and offering its heritage and services to all visitors that pass through it.