Lisbon, Portugal (PortSEurope) November 16, 2017 – Global Ports Holding’s new cruise terminal building in Lisbon has been officially opened at a ceremony attended by Mehmet Kutman, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Global Investment Holding and Global Ports Holding, Global Ports Holding CEO Emre Sayın, Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa, Maritime Minister Ana Paula Vitorino and Lisbon Mayor Fernando Medina.
The new terminal building was completed in two years with an investment of €24 million. The terminal was designed by local architect João Luís Carrilho da Graça and a key consideration of the terminal design was sustainability and ensuring the smooth onward flow of tourists, to avoid congestion elsewhere in the city.
In his statement, Portugal’s Prime Minister António Costa said that tourism, representing 7% of GDP and 18% of exports, could further increase its weight in national income. “Numbers showed that the number of passengers increased significantly following the construction of the new cruise terminal. Portugal is a crucial point in terms of geographical location and cruise tourism. In the last decade, this type of tourism has increased by 62% worldwide. But now it represents a small percentage of tourism in Portugal, “he said.
“Today is a happy day for our city, region and country, and also for the maritime economy and especially the tourism industry in general,” said Ana Paula Vitorino, Minister of Maritime Affairs, “Today, an industry with a tremendous potential for growth is a reference to modernity and innovation throughout the world. we are opening our cruise terminal. Besides this, municipal and inhabitants have gained another architectural value in the historical center. Our new cruise terminal will ensure that more visitors and more tourists come to Lisbon, as well as the prizes they have won. ”
The construction of the new Lisbon Cruise Terminal is undoubtedly important for the national economy and the Lisbon region. In fact, when we talk about cruise tourism, we are basically trying to add value to the economy. The economic size produced by the cruise industry in Lisbon in 2016 is around €29.7 million. Today we celebrate a success story for the country, the government and the city of Lisbon. It is important to keep in mind that this is a tremendous technical complex in the historic centre of Lisbon, once again revealing its national architectural and engineering abilities.
Emre Sayin, CEO of Global Ports Holding, emphasized that the world’s largest and most independent port operators have operated ports in different regions of the world. “Despite our all-inclusive goal, we want to develop locally in the ports and regions where we operate. In each and every case, we always want to feel ourselves at home. We were very happy to be part of a project that will contribute to this beautiful country. Together with our local partner Sousa, we have worked very well with the Lisbon Municipality and the Port Authority, especially the Portuguese government. Bringing cruise ships and customers on schedule, we expect 20% more customers even in the first stage. We expect 20% more passengers next year, “he said.
Emre Sayin pointed out that the launch also points to ambitious plans to expand operations of GPH. “This extraordinary cruise terminal of Global Ports Holding, which we have been living with at the local and national level with the Portuguese government and Portuguese partners, is very good for cruise tourism creating an example. We are proud to be such an important investor of the project that the local economy will benefit greatly and will enhance the development of the cruise tourism in the region “.
“We are delighted to have the terminal opened with GPH, our partner,” delivering the best possible terminal “as a result of our pleasant and long-term cooperation,” said Miguel Sousa, CEO of Grupo Sousa and Lisbon Cruise Port. The new terminal will provide excellent access to the ships, passengers and residents of this unique city. ”
Global Yatırım Holding and Global Ports Holding Chairman Mehmet Kutman emphasized that as the world’s leading cruise operator, they have the advantage of bringing together the best practices in different countries, ports and business cultures. “GPH, with this advantage, provides significant improvements in efficiency and speed. In addition to this, he also contributes to the region he is in with the ports he has been managing, with the investments he has made, contributing to the cruise tourism. GPH continues to grow in this direction, as well as inorganic growth, as well as organic growth. In this sense, the new terminal building, which we have no gift to Lisbon, is an example of global cruise tourism from technology to design, from passenger services to capacity.”
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