Hamburg is one of the most popular cruise destinations in Europe. With more than 590,000 passengers and 189 arrivals, 2014 has been the best cruise year in history for Hamburg.Half a year after the formation of the the Cruise Net Hamburg Initiative, the kick-off meeting of the Board of Trustees of Cruise Net Hamburg took place at city hall.
“Next to the inauguration of a third cruise terminal, also 2015 will bring along many great highlight of the cruise industry”, said Frank Horch, Hamburg Minister of the Economy, Transport, and Innovation, on Friday. “We particularly look forward to our “Cruise Week” in September, when both the trade fair Seatrade Europe and the Hamburg Cruise Days will take place. This will certainly again attract thousands of visitors to Hamburg and inspire the citizens of Hamburg. “
Hamburg’s Economy Benefits From The Cruise Boom
From the development of the cruise industry Hamburg’s entire economy benefits. Already, more than 1,500 jobs are directly linked to the sector that contributed about 270 million euro to Hamburg’s economy last year. “Our goal is to ensure the positive development and to promote further growth. We are currently building a third cruise terminal at Kronprinzkai capable of handling even the largest ships travelling the seas today. Even though we reduced cost even more, the construction is on scheduled”, Horch continued.
To ensure the future growth of cruising in Hamburg, and to co-ordinate activities, the Hamburg Senate launched a cruise initiative. Set up as a public-private partnership with the registered association Hamburg Cruise Center e.V. and other urban actors, co-ordination of actions and networking of industry partners will be optimised.
Cruise Net Hamburg wants to draw on the commitment of individuals from the cruise industry. Tasks of the new Board will thus include define priorities, stimulate activities, to provide input to selected pilot projects, and to strengthen the profile of Hamburg as a leading cruise destination, where sustainable cruising is high on the agenda.
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