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November 12, 2019

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ESPO evidences the importance of the cruises for the European ports

Ryckbost: "the argument on the cruises cannot be reduced to yes or to not"

The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has illustrated the position of the association relatively to the sustainability of the crocieristiche activities in the European ports, more and more questioned because of the externalities and of the generated tourist overcrowding in some crocieristiche destinations. "Given the current pressure on the section of the cruises in the European ports - Isabelle Ryckbost has explained, general secretary of the ESPO - it is important that the agencies that they manage the ports clarify the things. The argument on the cruises cannot be reduced to yes or to not. The European ports have of the objectives and have responsibility are of commercial type that social. All the activities in a port must be considered from this perspective, also from that of the cruises. Even if the problem of the tourist overcrowding can be different from port to port - it has specified Ryckbost - all the ports consider that the impact on the atmosphere of any crocieristica activity must be reduced lessened. The environmental impact of the marine transport must be reduced and the crocieristiche companies would have to intensify their efforts in this direction. Moreover the dialogue with the crocieristiche companies, the local community and the tourist destinations is in the middle of a balanced development of the crocieristico field in Europe. At last we consider that to be more transparent on the added value and the externalities it is fundamental so that the ports maintain the their full operativity".

In order to support own position the association of the European ports has introduced today a communication in which it explains how much is important that the European ports assure the sustainability of all their harbour activities and in order to evidence what can be made in order to contribute to a balanced development of the crocieristiche activities in the European ports. In the specific document ESPO that if crocieristico tourism is following the trend of increase of the entire tourist field, however it represents a quota the much limited this given field content number of tourists carried from the cruise ships: if in 2017 in the European Union international tourists have arrived 538 million, pairs to 40% of the world-wide total, the passengers of the cruise ships which reached in the European ports have been 6,5 million.

The document of the ESPO emphasizes moreover that the industry of the cruises contributes remarkablly to the European economy, with an expense in Europe by the crocieristi and of the crews of the cruise ships that in 2017 are piled to 4,23 billion euros.

In the document the association evidences also the importance to continue to facilitate the dialogue between the ports and the community of the area that accommodates the harbour ports of call and better to explain the added value that the crocieristiche activities generate for the port, the city and the region.

Vincenzo Miele



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