It was announced that Tenerife will be the 2016 venue for the largest cruise industry event focusing on the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas – Seatrade Cruise Med (previously known as the Seatrade Med Cruise Convention).
Hosted by the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the three-day event, will take place from 21-23 September 2016 at the International Trade Fair and Congress Centre in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Pedro Rodriguez Zaragoza, President of the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife explained ‘It is a great honour, and we are absolutely delighted to have this trade fair in Tenerife for the first time in the Atlantic Islands'.
The event will feature a showcase exhibition, conference and travel agent training, with the conference focusing on a wide variety of topics including the current state of the cruise industry in the Mediterranean region and its adjoining seas, itineraries and shorex, the cruise line/port relationship, shipbuilding and ship supply.
As a leading platform for discussion and debate on issues confronting the Mediterranean's burgeoning cruise market, the conference is an integral part of Seatrade Cruise Med. A comprehensive programme and high level speaker line-up in 2014 attracted over 600 delegates, including many cruise line executives from the world's leading cruise lines.
Airam Diaz Pastor, Director, Projects & Studies for MedCruise added ‘First and foremost this is a very special day full of joy and we have to thank Seatrade that they have chosen Tenerife to be the host of Seatrade Cruise Med 2016. For the first time in history the event will be held outside the Mediterranean but that is because we are a member of MedCruise.
The Mayor of the City of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Jose Manuel Bermudez Esparza was also in attendance and was ‘delighted' with the decision, explaining that Seatrade Cruise Med will be ‘the most important congress that has ever been held in Santa Cruz, and an historical event for the city.
Complementing the conference sessions, the exhibition will see ports and destinations, tourism authorities, cruise associations, ground handlers, tour operators, port agents, technical equipment and hotel suppliers showcasing their products and services to the cruise industry. The event will also feature a travel agent training programme, and a full social programme for attending delegates.
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