Measures to boost cruise tourism in the Med
In the aftermath of the Costa Concordia cruise ship tragedy on January 13, the announcements by government ministers from Turkey and Greece that they are introducing measures to give cruising in the Mediterranean a boost couldn’t have come at a better time.
George Nikitiades, Greek deputy minister of culture and tourism, recently revealed that Greece will abolish remaining restrictions on non-European Union cruise ships based at Greek ports. Meanwhile Turkey’s minister of transport, marine affairs and communications, Binali Yildirim, has also announced reductions of up to 50 percent in certain port and service fees for cruise ships stopping in Turkey.
While long overdue, these measures will no doubt be welcomed by those working within the cruise industry. For the fact of the matter is that it’s going to take consumers a long, long time to forget the image of the capsized cruise ship Costa Concordia. Until they do, any and every pro tourism move made by the industry must be applauded.