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Sustainable cruise tourism key driver to economic growth

September 27, 2019 at 12:31pm
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DP World Limassol, operator of the new cruise terminal at Limassol port, has reaffirmed its commitment to enhance Cyprus’ cruise industry and tourism sector overall.

In a statement issued on World Tourism Day which is marked on September 27 every year, the company notes that tourism a key driver of Cyprus’ economy.

The aim is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value and is led by the United Nations’ World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

“This year’s theme of “Tourism and Jobs: a better future for all”, is aligned with DP World Limassol’s vision to establish Limassol port as a regional cruise hub by promoting sustainable tourism that will create job opportunities and multiple benefits for the local economy,” it said.

Tourism is a major source of employment, providing a multitude of opportunities, not only for the people who are employed at the port but also for those who are involved in a number of other related industries.

DP World Limassol General Manager, Charles Meaby, commented “Cruise tourism is a fast-growing industry that has the potential to create numerous job positions and increase employment prospects in the tourism sector. Limassol has great potential to become a major cruise hub in the Mediterranean Sea and we are here to help make it happen”.

And he added: “In 2019 we expect over 90 calls and that number has doubled since last year while the upward trend is expected to continue into 2020”.

Nevertheless this is a collective effort that requires the collaborative support of all stakeholders and partners, he noted.

“We aim to secure the long-term future of the port, making it an engine of growth for the economy of Cyprus, creating new jobs and providing better and improved services to the local and the wider Cypriot business community,” he concluded.