Intercruises was once again the main sponsor for the 6th edition of the
International Cruise Summit in Madrid, with Intercruises providing the staffing and hosting the official Coffee Break. Attending from Intercruises was:

  • Olga Piqueras, Managing Director
  • Mark Robinson, President (moderating on a panel, see below)
  • Virginia Quintairos, Regional Director Mediterranean (speaking on a panel, see below)
  • Serafin Blazquez, Global Port Agency Manager

Intercruises Making Waves: Discussion Panels

Mark Robinson, President Intercruises, moderating on the premier panel of the day: “Onwards & Upwards – What’s Next for the Cruise Industry “

Panel Conclusions:

  • We need to work in reassuring North American passengers that Europe is safe.
  • Med can from from Northern Europe’s streamlined processes, berthing & procedures
  • We need to make Northern Europe much more interesting for younger passengers
  • Trump is business oriented and not a threat to cruise in Cuba and in general
  • Joint strategy between ports & cities needed to ensure a long term benefits for region
  • Cruise only attracting 25m pax a year compared to a 1.2bn global tourism industry
  • Pullmantur will invest in Canary Islands cruises dedicated to the Spanish market

 

 

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Virginia Quintairos, Regional Director Mediterranean, speaking on a panel entitled “The Future of Land Programs”

Panel Conclusions:

  • Guests buying independently through private tour operators are increasing annually
  • Need to devise a strategy on how to monetise independent travellers
  • Independent / online operators  are the sign that the passengers want choice
  • The old way of booking and delivering tours needs to be re-evaluated.
  • Tour operators need to create programs that avoid congested destinations
  • Cruise lines cannot be experts on every region and rely on Tour operators knowledge
  • Cruise lines need to better sell tours (other than city highlights tours)
  • We need to continue to differentiate between the nationalities on board

Notable Cruise Line Executives attending the event included:

  • Richard Vogel, President & CEO Grupo Pullmantur
  • Kerry Anastassiadis, CEO Celestyal Cruises
  • Chris Coates, Commercial Director Cruise & Maritime Voyages
  • Massimo Brancaleoni, Senior VP Global Sales Costa Crociere
  • Michael Pawlus, Director Strategic Itinerary & Destination Planning Azamara Club Cruises
  • Helen Panagos, VP Marketing And Sales Crystal Yachts, Residences And Crystal Air
  • Javier Marín Martinón, Itinerary Planning & Route Economics Director Pullmantur Group

Watch a video round up of the event below: