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MedCruise celebrates the third edition of the MedCruise Awards and its 25th Anniversary

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The third edition of the MedCruise Awards and the 25th Years Anniversary were celebrated on June 11, 2021. The online event was co-hosted by the Port Network Authority of Central-Northern Tyrrhenian Sea, which presence expands to include the birth-place of MedCruise.

For the third year, MedCruise- the largest cruise port association- awarded the adaptation and resilience during a year that the world still faces a global health crisis. Awarded the influencing social media strategies. Awarded innovative environmental projects that promote sustainability. Awarded its media partners and recognised the role of institutions that provided the tools for the safe resumption of the cruise activities.

But also MedCruise awarded the devotion, the excellence and the commitment to MedCruise life.

Exactly 25 years ago, on 11 June 1996, in Rome, 24 visioners from the cruise ports of Ajaccio, Ancona, Barcelona, Brindisi, Civitavecchia, Genoa, La Goulette, Livorno, Malta, Monaco, Naples, Palermo, Piraeus, Suez Canal, Tarragona, Trieste, Venice and Volos established MedCruise, the Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports. 25 years later, responding effectively to the demands of a growing cruise industry, MedCruise members changed the last two decades in too many respects.

In a period that the Mediterranean was a significant yet comparatively tiny cruise region, they thought that collective action in promoting this cruise region was essential for transforming business ideas to reality.

25 years later, responding effectively to the demands of a growing cruise industry, MedCruise members changed the last two decades in too many respects.

Investments in new cruise terminals that allow modern, big and small, cruise ships to be hosted in some of the best terminals worldwide, developed sophisticated cruise strategies, reformed operational practices, reorganised the ownership and expanded the involvement of terminal operators in cruise services provision. Best practices allow the satisfactory hosting of millions of cruisers in the Med and its adjoining seas.

With the occasion of the celebration of the 25 years, today we celebrate together the 3rd edition of MedCruise Awards. Congratulations to the receivers and winners of the MedCruise Awards 2021, says MedCruise President Aris Batsoulis

The Awards categories of MedCruise Awards 2021 were eight. Four awarded to most voted by cruise industry nomination of each category, three were 25 Years special and the MedCruise Honorary Award.

Categories and winners/receivers of the awards:

Winner: Port Authority of Valencia, Spain

Winner: Heraklion Port Authority, Greece

Winner: At home in the Med, Jon Ingleton – Cruise & Ferry Review

Winner: Galataport Istanbul, Turkey

Winner: EU Healthy Gateways Joint Action

25 Years special awards

Winner: Fernando Muñoz, Business Development Director, Port Authority of Cartagena, Spain

Winner: Carla Salvado, MedCruise Honorary President and Deputy General Manager Commercial and Marketing, Port of Barcelona, Spain

Winner: Catherine Lafon, Head of the Cruise Port Promotion Dpt, Cruise Port of Sete, France (retired)