Cruise ship mar­ket sta­ble so far in 2015

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The cruise mar­ket re­mained sta­ble in Greece this sum­mer de­spite the dif­fi­cult eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to the coun­try’s As­so­ci­a­tion of Cruise Ship Own­ers and Marine Agen­cies (EEKFN). The as­so­ci­a­tion es­ti­mates that if cur­rent con­di­tions pre­vail, the cruise mar­ket will re­main sta­ble and grow from sum­mer 2016 on­ward.

In its anal­y­sis, EEKFN stressed that the start of the sum­mer sea­son did not see heavy losses while sig­nif­i­cant ground was not lost as had ini­tially been forecast, de­spite the po­lit­i­cal in­sta­bil­ity and the im­po­si­tion of cap­i­tal con­trols.

In this con­text, in or­der to ex­tend the cruise pe­riod be­yond a few months and to fur­ther de­velop the in­dus­try, EEKFN points out that an ad­e­quate and ap­pro­pri­ate port pol­icy is re­quired to en­sure com­pet­i­tive­ness with ports in neigh­bor­ing coun­tries.

Less bu­reau­cracy and sim­pli­fied sur­veil­lance pro­ce­dures of ships and travel doc­u­ments are also men­tioned as crit­i­cal points, as well as a re­view of visas for visi­tors from non-Schen­gen coun­tries. The as­so­ci­a­tion ex­pressed the need for a rapid sta­bi­liza­tion of the sit­u­a­tion in Greece to en­sure a suc­cess­ful sec­ond half of the cur­rent sea­son.

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