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Malaga Meets With Exclusive Shipping Companies From The Expedition Sector In Seatrade Cruise Virtual

Malaga meets with exclusive shipping companies from the expedition sector in Seatrade Cruise Virtual

Source: PortSEurope
Malaga, March 10, 202.- A team from Malaga, made up of representatives of the Port Authority, Malagaport, Tourism Area of ​​the Capital City Council, Costa del Sol Tourism and Planning and Malaga Cruise Port, participated in the international meeting Seatrade Cruise Virtual: Expedition Cruising, held online between March 8 and 9. This event is shown as an alternative to the traditional world cruise tourism fair, which
every year brings together the main agents of the sector in Miami. Given the current situation, the organization promoted a 100% virtual meeting under four fundamental pillars: discover, learn, meet again and update the experiences in innovation and technology of an industry that moved about 30 million passengers worldwide in 2019, being Spain the second receiving market in Europe, according to the latest report by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). Meetings with shipping companies Continuing with the line of work maintained in 2020, for which the Malaga team maintained close contact with the shipping companies to provide them with all the updated information on the measures adopted in the face of the pandemic, both the port and the destination joined Seatrade Cruise Virtual , hand in hand with Puertos del Estado, which set up an online meeting space to facilitate meetings. The contacts focused on shipping companies in the expedition sector, opening an opportunity to attract this type of exclusive tourism. The expedition cruise seeks very special destinations and experiences, counting on a more active and young passenger profile, concerned about the environment, interested in training and getting to know the local communities in depth with sustainable and responsible experiences. Hence, the shipping companies that are dedicated to this sector are shipping companies with vessels of smaller size and capacity, considered luxury, such as Silversea Cruises, The World, SeaDream, Swan Hellenic, Ponant, or those new to the Scenic Cruises market, Ritz- Carlton Yachts or MSC Yacht Club. This sector is experiencing great growth in recent years with the construction of 40 new vessels since this year. During the meetings, the fundamental issues that currently interest these companies were discussed, such as safety, the offer of exclusive experiences both in the capital and the province , as well as the proposal of national and regional itineraries that include Malaga as a base port. Port and destination security Malaga was one of the first ports to adapt prevention measures in March, before the state of alarm . Since then, the cruise terminals, in collaboration with the Port Authority, have implemented specific action protocols, among which are: information to passengers, sanitation of the facilities before, during and after stopovers, use of individual protection equipment , and reservation of evacuation and confinement rooms for people with symptoms. In addition, the cruise terminals of the Port of Malaga obtained the ‘Safe Travels’ Seal , as safe infrastructures against Covid-19, awarded by the World Travel & Tourism Council, a leading global association in the tourism and travel sector, being one of the pioneer ports in obtaining this international recognition. The Cruise Terminals also obtained the ‘Responsible Tourism’ quality seal, awarded by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism of the Government of Spain, which recognizes the application of the guidelines and recommendations contained in the measurement guides for contagion reduction approved by the Ministry of Health, including specifications for service, cleaning and disinfection, maintenance and risk management for different subsectors of the tourism sector. This certification, which must be renewed every year, recognizes the responsibility and effort of the company to create a safe environment to generate confidence and security for companies related to the tourism sector and their clients. For its part, the Malaga destination strengthened its leadership in quality and tourism safety, having obtained the distinction of the World Travel and Tourism Council, which recognizes the city’s tourist safety, a seal granted by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC ). In addition, the information office located in the Plaza de la Marina obtained the Safe Tourism Certified seal, awarded by ICTE (Institute for Spanish Tourist Quality). Added to this is the launch of a pioneering initiative: the preventive program ‘Málaga Segura’ for the early detection of Covid-19 , by which it is made available to sectors such as tourism, hospitality, commerce, culture or transportation, rapid antigen testing for professionals and employees in these areas, creating spaces of trust. Likewise, it should be remembered that it joins the title of European Capital of Smart Tourism 2020 that Malaga holds until September 2021; and the achievement of the distinction as an Intelligent Tourist Destination granted by the State Mercantile Society for the Management of Innovation and Tourism Technologies (SEGITTUR). The port and the destination continue to collaborate closely with the institutions, at the national and regional level, to adapt the measures corresponding to the evolution of the vaccine and the sanitary guidelines. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Málaga (APM – Port Authority of Málaga)

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