‘At this year’s Seatrade Cruise Med conference, which will be held on September 14 and 15 in Málaga, Spain, the winners in nine Seatrade Cruise Awards categories will be announced. Dubrovnik is among the three finalists in the most important category ‘Destination of the Year’, ‘ City of Dubrovnik announced on their official web page.
This award is given for significant strides in the management of cruise tourism in the past period, when the City of Dubrovnik, by applying numerous measures of the ‘Respect the City’ project, made a kind of turnaround achieving success in terms of the future of cruise tourism and its sustainability.
By implementing strategies, measures and solutions and with the cooperation and support of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), Dubrovnik was able to develop and create a systematic, joint approach in a short time aimed at solving some of the most important issues, such as the problem of excessive tourism and a large influx of guests from cruisers. These strategies, measures and solutions achieved excellent results, City of Dubrovnik stated.
Adjustments were made through various measures and careful planning of cruiser arrivals/departures daily, weekly and annually. Considering the large daily concentration of passengers in a relatively limited city area, better and more specific communication with cruise companies whose ships sail into the port has been achieved, organization on the ground is more efficient and results in a more appropriate schedule of cruisers and control of the flow of tourists.
The Seatrade Cruise Med B2B conference and specialized fair will bring together cruise industry stakeholders from all over Europe and world. It is one of the largest fairs of its kind in Europe, with over two thousand participants from more than 70 countries, 150 exhibitors, 40 cruise ship companies and over 10 thousand visitors, with the presence of over 100 international media companies.