Vaccination surge encourages sector

Russians' return boosts Turkish tourism prospects

Istanbul - Thousands of Russian tourists began arriving in Turkey on Tuesday, boosting hopes for its tourism sector after a two-month suspension in flights imposed by Moscow due to concerns about a surge in COVID-19 cases in April

Over summer

EU countries clear plan to ease cross-border tourism

Brussels - European Union countries agreed on Friday to an easing of travel restrictions over summer that will allow fully vaccinated tourists to avoid tests or quarantines and broaden the list of EU regions from which it is safe to travel. Ambassadors from the 27 EU member states approved a modified European Commission proposal that people who have been fully vaccinated for 14 days should be able to travel freely from one EU country to another

tourism

Spain to welcome back international cruises from June 7

"Shipping companies will have to comply with measures established by the health ministry... to guarantee total security, both for cruise passengers and for the cities where they land," the transport ministry tweeted on Saturday.

In Italy

Venice cruise ship ban passed

Rome - The Italian Lower House on Wednesday gave definitive approval to a decree banning cruise ships from mooring in Venice. The decree was passed by 370 votes to 16 with 29 abstentions. Cruise ships have been stopped from landing in the centre of Venice

Amid pandemic

Spectre of another lost tourism season haunts emerging markets

London - Fresh outbreaks of COVID-19 and travel curbs are deterring tourists from flocking back to Thailand's beaches and Turkey's bazaars, stalling a recovery in tourism, a crucial source of foreign currency and a large employer for many emerging markets. Global tourism suffered its worst year ever in 2020

First ship on schedule: "MSC Seaside"

Global Ports Holding awarded Taranto cruise port

Taranto - Global Ports Holding, the largest independent terminal operator cruises globally, is now the new concessionaire for traffic support and support services port cruises of Taranto. The international holding will act through the subsidiaries Port Operation Holding and Global Ports Melita. Taranto Cruise Port will have in concession, for the next 20 years, a part of the maritime state-owned areas and assets located on the San Cataldo pier

Mangiarotti (MedCruise)

"Mediterranean needs a single health protocol" / INTERVIEW

Cagliari - Valeria Mangiarotti, lawyer, has recently been vice-president of MedCruise, the association that brings together the cruise ports of the Mediterranean, under the new mandate of Aris Batsoulis. Not entirely a new entry, that of Mangiarotti, who had already held this position in the past. COVID 19  and environment in her agenda

Fight against the virus

Fincantieri intalls air sanitation system on MSC ships

Trieste - Fincantieri, in close cooperation with the virology lab of the International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, ICGEB, has developed an innovative next-generation air sanitation system called "Safe Air", which will further significantly improve the quality and cleanliness of the air on board cruise ships

More than $ 50 billion loss

UN agencies support resumption of cruise ship operations

London - The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) have expressed their support for the safe resumption of cruise ship operations following the COVID-19 pandemic. In a joint statement, the organizations also encouraged their member states and relevant national and local authorities to designate all seafarers and marine personnel within their jurisdictions as key workers

With Costa Cruises

The era of eco fuel for ships begins also in Italy

La Spezia - It took five hours yesterday to complete the first refueling of LNG in Italy on the quay, from ship to ship. La Spezia, the only national port to make the operation possible, will be replicated in three weeks. Always with "Costa Smeralda", the flagship of the Genoese company, which points its bow on the Gulf of Poets every Sunday until mid-November

With "Serena"

Costa may have green light for December Asia start

Genova - Is Costa Cruises mounting a comeback in Asia? It would appear so, as multiple Taiwan-based travel agencies have listed departures aboard the "Costa Serena" out of Taiwanese homeports this coming December. Pulled from service in China in January, the Asia-based "Serena" has been sitting idle since

From Meyer Werft

P&O Cruises takes delivery of its new LNG-powered flagship

Papenburg - German shipbuilder Meyer Werft has handed over "Iona", a 180,000-ton LNG-powered cruise ship, to the British shipping company P&O Cruises. With the delivery, the new flagship of the cruise line will be integrated into the P&O Cruises fleet in order to be ready for service when the Biritsh cruise industry restarts

Cruises in the time of the coronavirus

Inside the "Costa Deliziosa" bubble / REPORTAGE

Trieste - Is it possible to return to travel carefree without worries about the world health situation? The answer is yes, thanks to the new models of protected cruises that aim to create a "security bubble" on board. We tried this experience aboard "Costa Deliziosa" during her second voyage after the resumption of operations

The Asian giant

Genting Hong Kong holds first creditors' meeting

Hong Kong - Genting Hong Kong held its first creditors meeting Monday as it pursues a restructuring. Leading up to the virtual meeting, the company paid bank fees that were due last week.Previously, Genting HK reported missing the payment of €3.7m in bank fees relating to newbuilds "Global Dream" and a sister vessel

Italian market

Covid-19, Costa Cruises will test passengers

To obtain certification from RINA, specific training modules for crews have been created in strict compliance with the new health protocols and with the associated shipboard management system implemented by Costa