Danish ports clinches the prestigious MARIA Award at the end of the record breaking year

Published on : Thursday, November 29, 2018

Over 1.1 million cruise guests set foot on 9 Danish Ports in 2018. The success has placed the Danish ports on the world map. CruiseCopenhagen network has won the Horesta’s Tourism Award, the MARIA Award. In Copenhagen, over 868,000 guests disembarked during this year’s cruise season.  The unifying CruiseCopenhagen network has paved the way for cruise adventures for more than 25 years, which benefit several Danish ports and destinations.




Horesta’s personal award recognizes someone who has made a special effort to put Denmark on the world map. The founder of CruiseCopenhagen and former General Manager of CMP, Copenhagen Malmö Port, Per Cilliborg Schmidt, is the recipient of this award. Horesta is the trade organization for hotels, restaurants and tourism in Denmark.





Søren Jespersen, chairman of CruiseCopenhagen said:  “It is the unique collaboration across industries and municipalities that has been the key to the successful guests growth that Denmark is now experiencing. In the CruiseCopenhagen network, companies that otherwise often compete are working together to make the overall cruise experience in Denmark even bigger. They are working hard on making cruise guests feel welcome in Denmark and their stay as memorable as possible.”




In 2018, Copenhagen is making a new Christmas record, as seven Christmas cruises will be visiting the capital in the coming weeks.




Then many cruise ships have passed through Copenhagen and the other Danish ports since 1992 when CruiseCopenhagen was established. Cruise lines can now visit Danish ports almost all year around.




The chairman of CruiseCopenhagen adds that their network will continue and intensify the efforts to develop the cruise product and the guest experience in Copenhagen and Denmark.




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