Cruise Portugal at the world's largest cruise fair
The Port of Leixões together with the other Portuguese ports of Lisbon, Setúbal, Portimão, Azores and Madeira - CRUISE PORTUGAL - are attending Seatrade CruiseGlobal, the largest international cruise fair, which takes place between 13 and 16 March in Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center, in Florida, USA.
As an increasingly important segment in Portugal, which has shown sustained growth in recent years, Cruise Portugal aims to strengthen Portugal's position as a cruise destination worldwide, in particular the six cruise ports and its touristic and operational offer.
This is the 13th consecutive joint participation of the Portuguese ports in this major event, which is now in its 33rd edition. Cruise Portugal can be found in booth 2113, an open space with 56m2.
For the first time, Cruise Portugal is supported by Turismo de Portugal, a Portuguese central public authority responsible for promotion, enhancement and sustainability of Tourism activities and other important companies are also attending Seatrade Cruise Globa at the Portuguese booth: Svitzer Portugal - Towage services, James Rawes Navigation, Buzzpath - Travel Agency, Navalrocha and Lisnave - Shipyards, and Douro Acima - tourism and catering services.
In 2016, the Portuguese ports welcomed 1.262.444 cruise passengers and 858 cruise calls.
For 2017 it is expected a new growth in Portuguese cruise activity. If forecasts are confirmed, the Portuguese ports will welcome together about 950 cruise calls, which will represent an increase of 11% and more than 1.300.000 Passengers, which will represent an increase of 4% compared to 2016.