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The fruit and vegetable sector is ready to share resources - 04/18/2013 - Nathalie Bureau du colombier

Challenged by the demand for frequent deliveries in large-scale distribution, companies in the food-processing industry are beginning to collaborate with a view to pooling transport and logistics operations.

Marseille surfing the cruise ship wave in the Mediterranean - 03/27/2013 - Frédéric Dubessy

In two decades, Marseille has gone from a few thousand to one million cruise passengers. This success is due to the total synergy between port professionals, tourism and institutional investors, which are all involved with the Club de la Croisière Marseille-Provence (Marseille-Provence Cruise Club).

"Political instability in the Mediterranean limits creativity" - 03/27/2013 - Nathalie Bureau du Colombier, MARSEILLE : What are the most popular routes for your passengers in the Mediterranean? Georges Azouze : French cruise passengers in general love the Mediterranean. More than 70% of them feel this way. The favourite routes are oriented towards Italy, Sicily, Malta, Greece and the Greek Islands, Turkey and Israel. Further...

Tunis looks to regain its 900,000 cruise passengers - 03/27/2013 - Nadia Chahed, TUNIS

TUNISIA. Tunisia hopes to attract as many cruise passengers in 2013 as in 2012 and eventually to regain the 900,000 passengers that visited the destination in 2010. Recent activity has been promising, but is still suffering from uncertainty over national security.

"Reservations are increasingly made at the last minute" - 03/27/2013 - Christiane Navas

A specialist in cruise sales in Monaco, Pierre-Yves Canton, CEO of Cruise'nFly, gives his opinion on the market.

Red carpet rolled out in Piraeus for large cruise ships - 03/27/2013 - Interview by Thomas Iaccobi, ATHENES

GREECE. Stavros Hatzakos, Président of the OLP (Piraeus Port Authority), is expanding the Port of Piraeus in order to accommodate more cruise ships.
He is also president of the MedCruise association which brings together the Mediterranean cruise ports.

And Marseille became a cruise port... - 03/27/2013 - Interview by Frédéric Dubessy

Jacques Truau is the man who has revived cruises in Marseille. A liner Captain from Gascony, he finished his seafaring career at Paquet and then became a pilot boat captain. He has been posted at the CCI Marseille-Provence for the past 25 years and founded the “Club de la Croisière Marseille-Provence”, which he chairs.

Mediterranean cruises – an historic winning bet  - 03/27/2013 - Frédéric Dubessy

From the 22nd January to the 22nd March 1891, 241 passengers sailed on board the Augusta Victoria in the Mediterranean. They are considered to be the first ever cruise passengers. The ship’s owner (Hamburg America Line - HAPAG) wanted to make its transatlantic liner profitable in the off-season. However, it would not be...

Greek, Italian and Spanish ports are the favourite playing fields of the cruise lines - 03/27/2013 - Nathalie Bureau du Colombier, MARSEILLE

The western Mediterranean ports of call, starting with Barcelona, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands, confirm their success. Disney Cruise Line is targeting Spain in 2013. The Disney Magic will set sail from Barcelona for a four-day cruise. The Carnival Sunshine is also operating in the Mediterranean with a twelve-day...

"The cruise ship is becoming the very object of desire" - 03/27/2013 - interview by Astrid Jousset How big is the Mediterranean cruise market in relation to other tourism markets (seaside, cultural, etc.)? Etienne Pauchant: It is very small. We are talking around 5 million cruise passenger arrivals in Europe each year out of a total of 300 million arrivals. The bases are essentially in Europe (Barcelona in...

Mediterraean ports invest in cruises - 03/27/2013 - Nathalie Bureau du Colombier, MARSEILLE

Barcelona, Genoa, Toulon, Marseille…The battle of the cruises is being won on land in the great ports of the Mediterranean that are continuing to develop new platforms and large marine terminals. Today’s investments will make all the difference tomorrow. Panorama of the sites in the Mediterranean.

Genoa is expected to exceed one million cruise passengers in 2013 - 03/27/2013 - Christiane Navas

Homeport of MSC, Genoa takes advantage of the growing number of Mediterranean cruises.

Barcelona makes way for more cruises - 03/27/2013 - Francis Matéo, BARCELONA

SPAIN. Barcelona is still the cruise capital of the Mediterranean despite a decline in passenger numbers. New developments carried out this year should allow it to regain lost territory.
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