So said Vijay Daryanani, the government of Gibraltar’s minister for business, tourism and the port, ‘There is no doubt that the cruise sector is extremely important to the Gibraltar economy. As we ramp up our marketing drive, the government is committed to pushing our brand in the right circles to increase calls to our port.’
He added, ‘I am constantly asked by our businesses and stakeholders on the work we are doing to achieve this. I look forward to working with CLIA in fulfilling our goal to make Gibraltar the port of choice in the Mediterranean.’
CLIA UK and Ireland conference
As part of the agreement, Gibraltar Tourist Board will sponsor CLIA's main conference being held in Southampton at the end of May. The 14th to be held for the UK travel agent community, it will include a trade fair, conference and gala dinner, as well as ship visits and activities onboard MSC Cruises’ MSC Virtuosa, P&O Cruises’ Iona and Royal Caribbean International’s Anthem of the Seas which will be berthed alongside.
The tourist board will be featured across CLIA's website, newsletter and yearbook.
‘Gibraltar is a firm favourite with cruisers,’ commented Andy Harmer, MD, CLIA UK & Ireland. ‘We’re eagerly anticipating supporting Gibraltar’s tourism team as they further build their relationship with the travel trade, enhance their cruise profile and operations, and continue to benefit from the wider economic and social advantages that cruise brings.’
Cruise operations resumed in Gibraltar last August; it is scheduled to receive 175 cruise calls this year.