The Minister for Tourism, the Hon Vijay Daryanani MP, has attended the Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) conference in Southampton and the 60th Medcruise General Assembly in Palamos, Costa Brava.
CLIA consists of leading member cruise lines dedicated to the expansion of cruising. The conference, the 14th to be held, is the largest event of its kind to be held in the UK. It took place on board the Iona, which made its inaugural call to Gibraltar earlier this year. It gave the Minister the opportunity to network with the important players in the cruising sector.
Minister Daryanani then travelled to Palamos where he held back to back meetings with several senior executives to continue pushing Gibraltar’s port as an important destination in the Mediterranean.
Minister Daryanani commented: “This is the continuation of my targeted promotion of Gibraltar as an outstanding cruise destination. We have made tremendous inroads within the industry. It is great to see the prominence that we are getting, in the international cruise press, at conferences and in all fields of cruising. This is an important industry for our economy. Our attendance gave us another opportunity to catch up with all of the top executives and showcase our product. It is imperative that we are always present at these events. Every time I attend I realize how competitive this industry is and all ports are trying to get a slice of the same cake. We cannot rest on our laurels just because we have built up a good reputation. We need to improve our product and work towards increasing calls in the short term. I will keep up this work over the coming months”.