I regularly hear from the local and regional authorities how do we come into contact with shipping companies and tour operators. We would like to host cruise ships to support our local and regional economy, but we don’t know how to go about it, how to start. Who do we need to speak to within the shipping companies to gain attention.
It generally takes 3-5 years to include a new destination in a route. Certainly on the intercontinental market, guests generally book their cruise vacation 1-1.5 years in advance, so at least take a medium-long route into account. I have an extensive network in both the nautical departments and the marketing and product development departments. I have access to the right people.
I also regularly participate in cruise related fairs, workshops and network meetings and I am a member of River Cruise Europe.