Mr. Le Drian visited the large seaport of Marseille to boost tourism

Published on : Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Mr. Le DrianMr. Le Drian headed a meeting on cruises lately. It was attended by many tourism professionals. He also visited the Marseille’s large seaport and its infrastructures.

 
At the request of the Quai d’Orsay, Nouvelles Frontières founder Jacques Maillot outlined a report in 2015 on cruises (“How can we make France one of the world’s leading cruise ship destinations?”). This conference gave a chance to evaluate the 20 recommendations of that report.

 
This improvement of the cruise sector would eventually grow France’s demand as one of the sought-after tourist destinations in the world. In 2016, more than 24.7 million people across the globe had participated in the cruises. In terms of direct expenditures, the cruise industry generated close to 17 billion euros in Europe. France has world’s second-largest seafront. The country offers 32 destinations and 95 stops on the whole. The direct contribution of tourism on French economy amounted to 1.2 billion euros in the year 2015.

 
Marseille Provence is one of the most important destinations for the French market (1.6 million passengers and 490 stops in 2016, up more than 149,000 passengers compared with 2015). The city wants to turn into one of the top three ports for Mediterranean cruises.

 
The Fort Saint-Jean and the Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée (MuCEM) has also been explored by Mr. Le Drian, two of the city’s most exemplary attractions!

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