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Spanish Ports Ready To Resume Cruise Traffic With Full Safety Guarantees

Spanish ports ready to resume cruise traffic with full safety guarantees

Source: Barcelona Port
Spain’s public port system, made up of 46 ports managed by 28 Port Authorities and coordinated by Puertos del Estado, is represented at the International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR) with a complete offer for those who want to come to Spain via the cruise ship facilities and marinas for nautical sports and recreation – May 20, 2021 According to Francisco Toledo, president of Puertos del
Estado, “the ports are ready to receive cruise ships and pleasure boats with all the health, safety and security measures established by the Ministries of Health and Transport. We hope to be able to resume the activity of international cruise ships in June, with the necessary authorisation from the Ministry of Health, as is already the case with national cruise ships. Among the projects that Puertos del Estado is working on, Toledo announced the development of an application so that passengers can generate a QR on their mobile phones, which will facilitate and make the arrival of passengers at the ports safer. In addition, the reinforcement of medical and nursing staff to control passengers in the ports of arrival, in coordination with Foreign Health, is already underway. Of the 50 main companies in the world in maritime and river cruise traffic, only 8 are operating relatively normally during the month of May, 17 of them will do so during the month of June, and the remaining 25 have postponed the start of their operations to the months of July and August. Some of our neighbouring countries, such as Italy and Portugal, have already restarted their cruise activity, and others, such as France, have announced that they will do so at the end of June or early July of this year. Cruises and yachting have become alternative formulas to traditional tourism. Thus, nearly 11 million people chose to visit and get to know our country on board 4,236 cruises in 2019. These figures have made Spain the second country in the EU in receiving cruise passengers, behind Italy, and ports such as Barcelona and the Balearic Islands, with 3.1 and 2.6 million passengers, respectively, have become world leaders. With regard to recreational boating, nearly 30,000 moorings, 1/3 of all existing moorings in Spain, are located in the facilities of one of the 28 Spanish Port Authorities. In addition, the ports of general interest concentrate half of the 27 facilities of the sector dedicated to the so-called mega-yachts, large pleasure boats. This sector has acquired great importance for Spanish tourism as it contributes approximately 0.7% of the national GDP and more than 110,000 jobs, according to data provided by the National Association of Nautical Companies. Source: Puertos del Estado

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