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Archival photograph of cruise ships in the port of Malaga. / ON

Seatrade Cruise Med will take place in the city on September 14-15 and will bring the European cruise industry together for the first time after the pandemic

Pilar Martinez

The countdown to the biggest cruise event in the Mediterranean has begun with an online forum ahead of the date. Seatrade Cruise Med will be held on September 14 and 15 at the Palace of Exhibitions and Congresses in Malaga. It will bring together the world’s leading shipping companies and many industry professionals in the city.

Port of Malaga president Carlos Rubio called the event “the definitive boost the industry needs after being paralyzed by the global pandemic”. He added that in addition to the presence of large companies, the event will involve everyone in Malaga.

Chiara Giorgi, Events Director of Seatrade Cruise, said that Malaga will become, for the duration, the “capital of the cruise industry” and that the event will mark a “before and after” before emphasizing that Malaga is already a strategic destination. location for the sector and the second most important port in Spain.

The director of the cruise division of the Port Authority of Barcelona, ​​María del Mar López, said on the online forum that the Seatrade Med 2014 held in Barcelona was a unique and successful opportunity to position Barcelona and Spain as beautiful destinations. At that time, 2,673 people gathered from 180 companies and 93 countries. “The next edition in Malaga will be an injection of optimism and a return to normalcy. It will be an opportunity to bring the European cruise industry together for the first time after the pandemic,” she added.

Rosa Sánchez, head of tourism at Malaga City Hall, has seen how the cruise sector has evolved since 2014 and is confident the industry will return to the heights of 2019 with almost half a million tourists visiting the capital of the city. Costa del Sol. She highlighted the collaboration between the public and private sectors for the event and promised that the commitment to this industry is a priority until 2024.

The junta’s tourism delegate for Malaga, Nuria Rodríguez, closed the online forum saying she believes hosting the event will have a positive impact on the city and the region as a whole.