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Greece needs to improve port facilities and tax regime if it is to grow cruising

Article-Greece needs to improve port facilities and tax regime if it is to grow cruising

Piraeus - one of a few Greek ports able to can handle sizeable cruise ships
 Extending the tourism season, improving the overall tourist experience, boosting private investment, a steady tax framework and the upgrading of port infrastructure are the basic prerequisites if Greece expects to develop its cruise sector potential, Kostis Achladitis, of the Piraeus Chamber of Commerce & Industry told Greek Tourism Expo, in Athens.

Addressing the recent 4th international tourism fair, as reported by gtp headlines, a service by Greek Travel Pages, Achladitis stressed the need to restore the cruise industry's performance, with the top priority being modernising island ports so they can cater to larger vessels.

He said currently only the ports of Corfu and Piraeus can handle sizeable cruise ships.

‘If Greek ports do not upgrade, they will miss out as more companies are now adding larger cruise ships to their fleet and they will not include Greek destinations on their itineraries,’ he said.

Achladitis said the expansion of the tourism season was vital but it required the continental experience offered to cruise travelers when they disembark at ports. This, he said, ‘requires cooperation between cruise companies, local authorities and businesses.’

Achladitis reiterated the position of other cruise sector experts that a steady tax framework must be in place, and the bureaucratic hurdles overcome in order to attract private investment.

He concluded with the need to upgrade the infrastructure of Greek ports, including Piraeus, in view of the increasing use of LNG by several cruise ships under construction.


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