Cruise tourism to experience 15% downfall this year

Published on : Saturday, May 13, 2017

Goa cruise tourismCruise tourism is anticipated to record a 15% downfall this year as the sector is going through a downturn in the Eastern Mediterranean, according to Theodore Kontes, head of the Union of Cruise Ship Owners & Associated Members (EEKFN).

Kontes said that the domestic uncertainty, the migration crisis and terrorism in neighboring countries, as well as the civil war in Syria and instability in Egypt, Lebanon and Israel, have forced cruise companies and tour operators to change their destinations for this year. However, as per estimates, cruise tourism revenues will be maintained or even rise this year.

Kontes said, “We are happy to see an increase in the tourism flow to Greece, but we cannot feel certain about further growth as things stand.”

While Greece may be the only country in the Eastern Mediterranean that still offers stability, it is also affected by the negative situation in the region. In this context, the industry has taken initiatives to cover some of the losses.

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