Greek Ports Fail to Attract Cruise Tourism, Miss Out on €1.3bn Yearly

Greek ports have failed to attract in cruise journey regardless of the lifting of cabotage restrictions and are lacking out by 1.3 billion euros in annual income, a report by Athens-based non-profit analysis organisation diaNEOsis revealed lately.

Based on the report, since 2012 when cabotage was lifted (permitting non-EU flagged cruiseships to name at Greek ports) and regardless of being the third hottest vacation spot in Mediterranean cruise journey, Greece has seen the variety of cruise passengers decline as a substitute of develop; remaining a transit nation (as a substitute of a homeport cruise vacation spot) which accounts for 10 % of all incoming tourism with solely 5 % in income, or 600 million euros per yr.

Indicatively, passengers spend as much as 300 euros on common at any residence port, in comparison with 60 euros at transit ports. Apart from the income from tourism, cruise corporations additionally pay for services and providers at residence ports, equivalent to gasoline, meals, gear, upkeep, repairs and technical management.

The diaNEOsis reviews underlines that for Greece to be thought-about a perfect homeport vacation spot for cruise corporations, Greek ports should see investments and upgradings, endure strategic planning and launch cooperations with cruise corporations.

The report mentions that the Greek ports that might ideally function as homeports are these in Piraeus, Thessaloniki. Corfu, Rhodes and Heraklion.