Seatrade Europe to address sustainable tourism in high profile debate

London/Hamburg, 23 July 2019

The highly topical, and often hotly debated, question of sustainable tourism and how ships and ports adapt for a greener future will be the focus of a Greener Cruising hour, sponsored by gmec from 14:00 –15:00 on Day 1 of Seatrade Europe, taking place in Hamburg from 11-13 September 2019.

Moderated by Esther Mallach, Partner, Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein, the first of two sessions will invite industry expert, Ukko Metsola, VP, Government Relations, Europe & Asia-Pacific, Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd to outline the regulatory update in Europe and provide an implementation of specific requirements for ports and ships.

Considered a ‘must-attend’ overview, the session will then lead into an interactive focus session focusing on ports and ships commitments to achieve sustainability and the dynamics among each stakeholder.

Practical case-studies will be shared and followed by a discussion on challenges that need to be addressed.

Speakers involved in this panel discussion include:

  • Claus Bødker, Director, Cruise Baltic
  • Michele Francioni, SVP, Cost Efficiency & Process Improvement, MSC Cruises
  • Arantxa Garcia, Head of Sustainable Development, TUI Destination Experiences
  • Hansjörg Kunze, VP Communication & Sustainability, AIDA Cruises
  • Ukko Metsola, VP Government Relations, Europe & Asia-Pacific, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd
  • Kathleen Pessolano, Director, Strategic Partnerships, Global Sustainable Tourism Council
  • Sacha Rougier, MD, Cruise Gate Hamburg

The two sessions are key for cruise and ports to address the issue of sustainable tourism and ensuring they meet legislative requirements for greener cruising targets – especially in light of the historic global cruise industry commitment to reduce the rate of carbon emissions across the industry fleet by 40 percent by 2030.

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Contact – Victoria Stokes, Marketing Manager – Seatrade Cruise Portfolio, EMEA
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)1206 201517

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Notes to the editors:

About Seatrade Europe

Seatrade Europe, the leading trade event of the European cruise and river cruise industry, organised by Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH, in partnership with Seatrade (Informa Markets), is held in Hamburg, Germany’s famous seaport on the Elbe River. Industry decision-makers and professionals will meet to exchange ideas, set new trends and expand their business networks. Exhibitors include cruise ports, tourism authorities, cruise associations, tour operators, food and beverage suppliers, IT suppliers, shipyards and ship managers among others. From small-scale on-board hospitals to huge restaurant kitchens, from waste disposal to entertainment equipment, operations on board a cruise ship are highly complex, requiring perfect logistics. At the conference held in parallel with the exhibition, high-level experts will discuss current industry topics. Seatrade Europe will open doors from Wednesday 11 to Friday 13 September 2019 and will be co-located with the MARINE INTERIORS Cruise & Ferry Global Expo.

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Posted 23 July 2019

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