Málaga, Spain (PortSEurope) February 18, 2020 – A business delegation from Málaga will travel to the US February 17 and 21, Miami and Seattle, next week to develop contacts with leading cruise companies and update them on port developments. The delegation comprises representatives of Autoridad Portuaria de Málaga (APM – Port Authority of Málaga), the Tourism Area of the City Council of the capital, Tourism
and Planning Costa del Sol, Malaga Cruise Port, a collaboration of the Ministry of Tourism of the Junta de Andalucía and the presence, for the first time, of the Association of Andalusian cruise ports, Suncruise Andalucía. President of the Port Authority, Carlos Rubio, will follow an institutional agenda, holding meetings with the Mayor of Miami, Francis Suarez; the Consul of Spain in Miami, Cándido Creis and the Director of the Spanish Office of Tourism in Miami (OET), Felix de Paz. Other members of the delegation will meet with the cruise companies, promoting the port’s cruise ship infrastructure and Málaga attractions. After the success of previous editions, and to reinforce the result of the ‘door to door’ meetings, the delegation will hold the event called “Malaga: Welcome to a smiling destination”, which will take place, February 20 in Miami, and which will be attended by the main cruise companies, tour operators, airlines, specialized press and other companies in the sector. The central axis of the event is the promotion of Malaga as a friendly and welcoming destination that enriches the cruise ship’s experience. The Andalusian Agency for Foreign Promotion of the Junta de Andalucía (Extenda) has worked closely with the Port of Malaga and the other institutions to coordinate the development of the work agenda and the celebration of the aforementioned event. The Port Authority of Malaga has been betting very importantly for cruise traffic during recent years. The Expansion Plan executed at the beginning of this century led to the construction of new facilities for this traffic, such as the Levante dock, the new Paseo de Levante, the cruise terminals and their attached berths. Currently, the port of Malaga has more than 1,300m of exclusive berths for cruise ships, divided into two zones: The Levante area, where all existing ships can be docked, has four berths and two modern terminals with all the necessary services for ship and passenger. The area of the Palmeral de las Sorpresas, with a berth dedicated to exclusive smaller vessels and a terminal located in the port-city area, is one of the most attractive berths in the entire Mediterranean. The three terminals are operated by Malaga Cruises. The Port of Malaga is the fifth in Spain and second peninsular in the ranking of cruise ports, with 296 stops and 506,000 passengers moved in 2018. Of these, 28% are passengers based, who begin or finish their itinerary in Malaga. The promotion work in this sector pursues the increase in the number of ships and cruise passengers, with special emphasis on the base, which also means the greatest economic impact on the city and its surroundings . The excellent port infrastructures, next to the proximity of the international airport of Malaga and its excellent connections with the world make Malaga the base port of Southern Europe. Málagaport, associate company of the Port Authority of Malaga, works for the promotion of the Port of Málaga. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.