As a leading platform for discussion and debate on issues confronting the Mediterranean's burgeoning cruise market, the largest cruise industry event focusing on the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas – Seatrade Cruise Med (previously known as the Seatrade Med Cruise Convention) will be held in Tenefire in 2016.
Hosted by the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the three-day event, will take place from 21-23 September 2016 at the International Trade Fair and Congress Centre in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
The event will feature a showcase exhibition, conference and travel agent training, with the conference focusing on a wide variety of topics including the current state of the cruise industry in the Mediterranean region and its adjoining seas, itineraries and shorex, the cruise line/port relationship, shipbuilding and ship supply.
Tom Matesanz, vice president, communication and public affairs, CLIA Europe (Cruise Lines International Association) reiterated how important the event is for Tenerife. ‘It is truly a great honour that they have set their gaze on Tenerife for Seatrade Cruise Med 2016. Let me highlight that at a time when collaboration is so important, Tenerife have shown that they can rise to the challenge for everything this sector means. I would also like to highlight the importance of this event to CLIA and all representatives of the cruise lines who will, of course, be in full support. We know that Tenerife will ensure that all attendees will have an enjoyable stay in Tenerife'.
Complementing the conference sessions, the exhibition will see ports and destinations, tourism authorities, cruise associations, ground handlers, tour operators, port agents, technical equipment and hotel suppliers showcasing their products and services to the cruise industry. The event will also feature a travel agent training programme, and a full social programme for attending delegates.
More than 3,500 participants visited the showcase exhibition in 2014 where over 180 exhibitors from all over the globe, including numerous companies new to cruise, showcased their products and demonstrated innovations on the exhibition floor.