World Tourism day 2021
World Tourism Day 2021-DP World Limassol: Return of cruising fuels economic recovery
World Tourism Day 2021
DP World Limassol: Return of cruising fuels economic recovery
Cruise ship arrivals almost doubled this year compared to 2020, with bookings for next year already racing ahead of 2021
Limassol, Cyprus, 28 September 2021: As tourism continues to feel the impact of the pandemic for a second year, the cruising industry has restarted in both in Cyprus and elsewhere. On this World Tourism Day, DP World Limassol reiterates its commitment to further bolster the country’s cruise industry and turn the Limassol port into a top cruise hub in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Before the pandemic, the country’s cruise industry was experiencing an impressive revival, which was suddenly stifled when the spread of Covid-19 forced social distancing and travel shutdowns. 36 cruise ships both home and transit calls berthed at the Terminal compared to only 19 ships in the whole of 2020, while DP World Limassol is expecting a surge in bookings in 2022, compared to 2021.
Each year, World Tourism Day is commemorated on 27 September, with festivities around the globe led by the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).This year’s World Tourism Day focuses on Inclusive Growth, acknowledging the fact that marginalised communities and groups have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and pledging to leave no one behind in the way out of this crisis. This theme is aligned with DP World’s commitment to community engagement and its efforts to support the communities where it operates.
In statements, the CEO of DP World Limassol, Mr Nawaf Abdulla, spoke about the Company’s commitment to Inclusive Growth, pointing out that “the Company’s vision to turn the Limassol port into a major regional cruise hub, as well as its goal to promote the sustainable growth of cruise tourism in Cyprus, is aimed at driving growth across the entire country. Specifically, shore excursions and tours from Limassol port offer tourists the opportunity to discover the island’s beautiful but remote countryside, thereby boosting the economies of rural and mountain communities.”
Mr Abdulla also spoke about the gradual return to cruising at Limassol port: “While our numbers haven’t yet reached pre-pandemic levels, the sector’s performance has been picking up, given the circumstances. Besides, in October, we are expecting a surge in cruise ship arrivals. The return to cruising was quicker than expected, as cruise operators have been implementing strict health protocols on board. As such, we are cautiously optimistic for the upcoming period.”
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We are the leading provider of worldwide smart end-to-end supply chain logistics, enabling the flow of trade across the globe. Our comprehensive range of products and services covers every link of the integrated supply chain – from maritime and inland terminals to marine services and industrial parks as well as technology-driven customer solutions.
We deliver these services through an interconnected global network of 148 business units in 60 countries across six continents, with a significant presence both in high-growth and mature markets. Wherever we operate, we integrate sustainability and responsible corporate citizenship into our activities, striving for a positive contribution to the economies and communities where we live and work.
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About DP World Limassol
In April 2016, DP World Limassol was awarded a 25-year concession to exclusively operate the multi-purpose terminal in Limassol. DP World Limassol multipurpose terminal comprises three multi-purpose quays.
Its activities include break-bulk, general cargo, Ro-Ro, oil & gas services and the brand-new passenger terminal. DP World Limassol provides a safe, stable and responsible environment for cruise itineraries in the eastern Mediterranean and further afield.
DP World Limassol aspires to make the terminal more productive and more sustainable, improving the port’s prospects for the long term, leading to better support to the community through jobs creation and better services for the wider Cypriot business community.