2nd Pan-European Cruise Dialogue

2nd Pan-European Cruse Dialogue

Stakeholders from across Europe met to discuss sustainable cruise tourism at the second Pan-European Dialogue, set up and hosted by the European Commission Directorate General for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries on 1 March 2022. 

The event brought together cruise stakeholders and partners from across Europe, including local government and tourism representatives, with a focus on sustainable cruise tourism and the environment. A key theme that emerged was the value and need for ongoing dialogue to bring about the best resolutions for all parties.  

At the opening address, Carmen Preising, Deputy Head of Cabinet to the Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, welcomed the support of CLIA for the EU approach to the sustainable blue economy. 

In keynote remarks, Claudia Monteiro Aguiar MEP reinforced that “tourism is an essential tool for peace, as a vehicle for mutual understanding through cultural exchanges and the promotion of multi-cultural dialogue and tolerance.” 

In her speech, Kelly Craighead, CLIA President & CEO said, “The cruise industry is an integral part of a sustainable blue economy, and we will achieve this common ambition by working together to the benefit of local communities and businesses and continuing to allow visitors from the world to enjoy the amazing coastal destinations Europe has to offer.”  

“CLIA really helped and gave us the push that we needed. Our partnership has helped us enhance the sustainable development of our city…. for our visitors and also keeping our residents happy for the tourism that we created.”

Jelka Tepsic, Deputy Mayor, Dubrovnik

Four varied and interactive panels made up the second part of the Pan-European Cruise Dialogue event, which held wide-ranging discussions. On destination management, a key theme was that one solution does not work for everyone. CLIA and cruise lines are working closely with destinations to identify innovative solutions on tourist management.  

Speakers debated local issues at destinations and how communication and dialogue is the key to getting the best solutions in place. They also highlighted examples of how CLIA had been able to contribute positively to help support change in Dubrovnik, as well as working with the Balearic Islands.  

A panel of technical experts made up the green transition panel, discussing future fuels, port infrastructure needed, and the value of bringing together different agencies and authorities to work more closely on research and development. 

“CLIA has been a fantastic partner to help us understand how business works, and listening to our stakeholders – there are two possibilities: win-win or lose-lose. There is no other choice but partnership.”

Rosana Morillo, Director General, Tourism, Baleairic Islands