The Seatrade Cruise Med 2022 fair, attended by Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer in Malaga, Spain, and bringing together cruise stakeholders, strengthened Izmir's tourism claim.
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer continues to work to improve Izmir tourism. President Tunç Soyer, who made cruise ships come to the city again after a 6-year hiatus, said that many of the Seatrade Cruise Med 14 fair, which brought together the leading cruise tourism stakeholders of the Mediterranean and neighboring seas, in Spain on 15-2022 September. kazanreturned with me.
İzmir Governorship, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, İzmir Chamber of Commerce, İzmir Chamber of Shipping and İzmir Fuar A.Ş. The delegation formed in cooperation with (İZFAŞ) made high-level contacts at the fair. In meetings with industry organizations such as “Clia”, the world's largest cruise industry trade association, of which the most prestigious cruise companies are members, and “Medcruise”, which operates in 22 countries and 145 cruise ports on three different continents, it was decided to host the big events organized by the organizations. The procedure for Izmir's Medcruise membership has also been initiated.
Delegation will go to five cities from Izmir
Within the scope of the fair, the Izmir delegation had high-level contacts, particularly Pierfrancesco Vago, Chairman of the International Association of Cruise Lines (CLIA) and Chairman of MSC Crociere, Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Crociere, and Chris Theophilides, CEO of Celestyal. Meetings were held with 14 companies and representatives of 4 different institutions. As a result, it was agreed that the necessary works for more cruise ships to come to Izmir should be done in Izmir and within the structure of cruise companies. In addition, delegations from Izmir are planned to go to Monaco, Geneva, Genoa, South Hampton and Hamburg, where the headquarters of cruise companies are concentrated, in order to monitor these processes. It is also aimed to organize trips promoting İzmir to cruise companies and the sector.
Who was in the Izmir delegation?
In the Izmir delegation, Mayor Tunç Soyer and İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Council Members Nazan Dönmez and Erol Çomak, İzmir Chamber of Commerce Board Member Ahmet Oğuz Özkardeş, IMEAK Chamber of Shipping İzmir Branch Chairman Yusuf Öztürk, İzmir Chamber of Commerce Consultant Mine Güneş Kaya, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality President Advisor Onur Eryüce, İZFAŞ Fairs Coordinator Batuhan Alpaydın, İzmir Chamber of Commerce International Events and Tourism Directorate, Local Events, Fair Planning and Operations Officer Ekin Sıla Özsümer.
2023 ships will arrive in 31
As a result of the intense efforts of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer, a total of 16 cruise ships and over 21 thousand passengers arrived in Izmir this year. On Thursday, September 15, MSC company anchored in Alsancak Port after a long break. Until the end of the year, the routes of 15 more ships will pass through İzmir. In addition, there are 2023 voyages that are certain to arrive at Alsancak Port for 31.
As a result of the works carried out jointly by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality with the tourism stakeholders in the city, Izmir Port has a new look. kazanwas. The Tourism Information Office in the port was renovated and special walking routes were created. The expert staff of the Tourism Branch Office provides information with maps when the ships dock. Free Wifi service is provided in the port for the use of guests. In addition, with the Tourism Police teams, tourists' safe travel opportunities in the city were increased.