Is the allure of cruising in the East Med being challenged by the sirens of China and South East Asia deployment?

In the latter part of 2015, major cruise lines announced that more high profile brands will relocate vessels to the lucrative Chinese and South East Asian cruising destinations. This has spurred discussions about the repercussions on deployment in the Mediterranean and in particular the East Med. At the same time, the industry predicts a stabilization of cruise activity in this region during 2016. Are the area’s two major players, Greece and Turkey, doing enough to rekindle growth and attract further investments in port and destination development?
Following the resounding success of last May’s 3rd Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum, attended by over 700 stakeholders from the global cruising and yachting sectors, Posidonia are pleased to announce that the 2017 event will take place on May 23-24.

The above concerns, along with others pertaining to port privatizations, infrastructure investments and backyard market development, are just some of the significant topics that will be addressed during the course of the two day Conference and Exhibition.
Challenges facing the fragile Greek commercial yachting sector and the bureaucratic hurdles investors in marinas and marina operations need to overcome will also be extensively discussed, as will Turkey’s much more successful approach to yachting sector growth. Important networking and B2B opportunities will once again be offered on the event’s Exhibition Floor.
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