Cruises are booming. Within the past eight years, the market nearly doubled. In 2012, more than 6.1 million Europeans enjoyed a cruise. With two million one-third of the holidayers aboard were Germans (+7,1 per cent).
Sales of ocean cruises climbed by 11.3 per cent to 2.6 billion euro last year, reports a new survey by the German travel association Deutscher Reiseverband. Hamburg highly profits from the cruise industry‘s boom, with 173 vessels calling at its two cruise terminals this year.
Decision makers and insiders of the cruise industry will travel to Hamburg 24-26 September to attend the seventh edition of Seatrade Europe on the grounds of Hamburg Messe. The leading cruise and river-cruise convention combines a high-class exhibition with an informative conference.
Its more than 250 exhibitors from 50 countries include many first-time exhibitors. Next to shipbuilders, outfitters, cruise ports and terminal suppliers, also travel agents and tourism associations will exhibit innovative or sustainable products or services at Seatrade Europe. Green shipping is also the key topic of the accompanying industry congress with top-level experts providing valuable insights into the sector’s current trends.