Germany to surpass 3m passengers annually by 2021/22

Michael McCarthy and State of the Industry speaker panel at Seatrade Europe this morning (Credits: Frederik Erdmann / Seatrade).

Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and chairman of CLIA Germany, is optimistic the German-speaking source market for ocean cruising will continue to prosper long into the 2020s.

At Seatrade Europe, he said the German market could surpass the benchmark of three million passengers per year by 2021/22.

Identifying tremendous potential in the European market, Pojer said the growth experienced by the industry was a healthy and stable one. Pojer at the same time claimed the need to find excellent staff will turn into the industry’s key challenge by the mid-2020s.

Cruise lines to step up destination investments

MSC Cruises’ CEO, Gianni Onorato, likewise expressed great optimism with regard to the perspectives of Europe as a growing source market for ocean cruising, despite current challenges such as the uncertainty about a possible Brexit.

Referring to MSC Cruises’ decision to deploy the converted MSC Magnifica out of Southampton as from 2021, Onorato said the Brexit perspective was definitely a challenge, but could also bring about new opportunities.

Onorato added that finding and developing new destinations will turn into one of the industry’s main challenges in the 2020s. He more operators will invest to build up new destinations, adding the creation of tailored destinations could be one way to address overtourism concerns at existing ports.

Posted 11 September 2019

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German Correspondent Frederik Erdmann is Seatrade's German cruise correspondent since 2002. Following secondary school graduation he joined the port agency network, Sartori & Berger, on a vocational training program. After subsequent studies of Business Administration, Frederik Erdmann held various positions at Sartori & Berger until 2010. After a period of working with the Flensburg Chamber of Commerce, he was appointed Designated Person Safety/Security, Environment and Quality of the coastal ferry operator, Wyker Dampfschiffs-Reederei. As a maritime trade press correspondent and visiting lecturer of the Flensburg University of Applied Sciences, Frederik Erdmann concentrates on ferry and cruise ship management, port development as well as safety and security in passenger shipping. He is also a member of the Flensburg Chamber of Commerce's Tourism Committee.

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