Published on : Tuesday, April 4, 2017
By next year, number of cruise passengers passing through Greece is anticipated to drop further, according to Panayiotis Kampouroglou, chief executive officer at ICTS Hellas and executive vice president of ICTS Europe. SETE has already projected a 20% decline in cruise passenger traffic in Greece this season. Now Kampouroglou says that, according to the latest available data, there will be a further 20% slump next year.
Kampouroglou said that any rebound in Greek cruise tourism is improbable as long as security problems persist in neighbouring Turkey. Major cruise operators have taken Turkey off their itineraries this year and will be maintaining this next year too, and consequently cruise passenger visitors at Greek ports where cruise liners used to drop anchor on their way to Turkey will be much lower too.
However, Kampouroglou said that there is increasing interest in cruise tourism around the shores of western Greece combined with scheduled stops in Italy and even Albania. After participating at SeaTrade, the world’s biggest cruise tourism fair held in Florida last month, SETE’s cruise tourism representative and head of Navigator Andreas Stylianopoulos says that efforts toward a Greek cruise tourism recovery will need to focus on 2019 and 2020 from now on.
He said that bigger cruise liners are currently under construction. It means that Greece must improve its port infrastructure to be able to accommodate them in the future.