DP World Limassol: Driving Cyprus’s growth of cruise tourism
Establishing Limassol port as a major cruise hub in the Eastern Mediterranean region
Limassol, Cyprus, 31 May 2019: DP World Limassol hosted leading cruise sector executives at the 2nd Limassol Cruise Executive Summit. The aim of this event was to promote Cyprus and Limassol as an attractive cruise destination and elevating cruise tourism.
11 cruise executives from large cruise operating companies based in Europe and the United States took part in the cruise executive Summit that was held between 29-31 of May. The initiative was carried out by DP World Limassol as the operator of the New Cruise Terminal in cooperation with the Deputy Ministry of Tourism, Limassol Municipality and Haifa port.
Representatives of international cruise companies, includedRoyal Caribbean, Crystal Cruises, and Holland America, had the opportunity to visit historic monuments such as the Ancient Kourion Theatre in Limassol, the Tombs of the Kings in Paphos and the Famagusta Gate in Nicosia. They met with the Mayor of Limassol, as well as other tourism industry stakeholders exchanging view to improve the touristic product.
The guests visited the traditional Cypriot villages and enjoyed traditional local cuisine, in an effort to better understand Cyprus’s cultural heritage. Executives also visited the modern facilities of DP World Limassol’s New Cruise Terminal and held meetings with tourism officials gaining a positive impression of both the Cruise terminal and the level of service.
DP World Limassol’s General Manager, Charles Meaby mentioned “the Limassol Cruise Executive Summit is a unique opportunity for the executives of international cruise operators to get to know what Cyprus has to offer”. The cruise sector is a priority for DP World Limassol, while cruises are a major opportunity for Cyprus to interact with tourists from markets that traditionally don’t visit Cyprus in large numbers; like the United States and Germany”.
Mr. Meaby continued “Our goal is to turn the Limassol port into a base port and an attractive option for companies operating in the cruise sector. A thriving cruise market could bring numerous benefits to the local economy, such as create new jobs and upgraded services. The potential of the tourism industry and especially the cruise sector is especially promising; however, in order to make the most out of the opportunities that are opening up, all the stakeholders must be willing to cooperate”.
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About DP World:
DP World is a leading enabler of global trade and an integral part of the supply chain.
We operate multiple yet related businesses – from marine and inland terminals, maritime services, logistics and ancillary services, to technology-driven trade solutions. Our portfolio of 78 operating marine and inland terminals is supported by more than 50 related businesses in over 40 countries across six continents, with a significant presence in both high-growth and mature markets. We aim to be essential to the bright future of global trade, ensuring that everything we do contributes positively and sustainably to both the economy and society.
Our dedicated team of more than 45,000 employees from 103 countries cultivates long-standing relationships with governments, shipping lines, importers and exporters, communities, and many other important constituents of the global supply chain, providing quality value-added services today and tomorrow.
Container handling is the company’s core business and generates more than 50% of its revenue. In 2018, DP World handled 71.4 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) across our portfolio. With its committed pipeline of developments and expansions, the current gross capacity of 91.2 million TEU is expected to rise to approximately 100 million TEU by 2020, in line with market demand.
By thinking ahead, foreseeing change and innovating, DP World aims to create the most productive, efficient and safe trade solutions globally.
About DP World Limassol:
In April 2016, DP World Limassol was awarded a 25-year concession to exclusively operate the multi-purpose terminal in Limassol. DP World Limassol multipurpose terminal comprises three multi-purpose quays. Its activities include break-bulk, general cargo, Ro-Ro, oil & gas services and the brand-new passenger terminal. DP World Limassol provides a safe, stable and responsible environment for cruise itineraries in the eastern Mediterranean and further afield. DP World Limassol aspires to make the terminal more productive and more sustainable, improving the port’s prospects for the long term, leading to better support to the community through jobs creation and better services for the wider Cypriot business community.
 As of February 2019