Alicante bets on cruise tourism

10 November, 2018
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Presentation of the Year Report of the Association

Alicante believes in cruise tourism as a development engine

Last Thursday, November 8, at the premises of the Cruise Terminal Alicante, the presentation of the  Activity Report and Balance 2018 from Alicante Association for Cruise Tourism took place. The Associacion includes an increasing number of companies, businesses and organizations local committed to the tourism development of the city and province through Cruise Tourism.

The event was presented and directed by Francesco Balbi, Director of Operations of the Alicante Terminal, one of the founding partners of APTC and Anabel Rosas, responsible for communication of the Association. During the course, a review was made of the activities and achievements made throughout 2018 and the activities planned for 2019 were outlined.

The event was attended by numerous local and national media, as well as representatives of companies and partner organizations.

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The luggage for a cruise. The essentials.

8 October, 2018
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Necessary objects in the cruise passenger's baggage

Baggage for a Cruise: 7 things that are never missing in my suitcase

source: (spanish)

The slogan should always be that less is more, that is why it is very important that we choose to take with us  on a cruise. In addition to the clothes and personal hygiene items, the suitcase of a veteran cruise passenger would not be complete without a small group of objects that due to past cruise experiences make the trip easier and more enjoyable. These would be these indispensable objects that always go in my luggage for a Cruise.

1) A dual outlet electric plug

2) An envelope with documentation

3) A small alarm clock

4) A small air freshener

5) A small first aid kit

6) An airtight bag (waterproof)

7) Travel notebook

Read the complete article at (Spanish)

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Alicante Cruise Terminal, present in Lisbon

22 September, 2018
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The Alicante Terminal at major events in the cruise sector

Alicante Cruise Terminal, present at the CLIA's Port And Destination Summit in Lisbon in the context of the Sea Trade Cruise Med week.

The Port & Destination Summit of the CLIA (Cruise Line International Association) was held in Lisbon on September 17 and 18 in the context of the Seatrade Cruise Med held thereafter, on the 19th and 20th.

In both forums the Alicante Cruise Terminal had an active presence in the company of other organizations and local and regional institutions to promote the city of Alicante as a reference destination in the international cruise market.

The Director of the Terminal, Francesco Balbi, was very satisfied with the efforts made, trusting that soon the fruits of the same will be visible to boost the traffic growth in the Terminal, which will mean a consequent increase in the tourist business for the city and province.

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The number of cruise passengers visiting Alicante grows

11 August, 2018
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Alicante increases the number of cruise passengers by 8.8%

Up to June, 42,201 passengers arrived, according to data from Puertos del Estado

source: (spanish)

The Port of Alicante has welcomed a total of 42,201 cruise passengers during the first half of the year, which is 8.8% more than last year, according to data provided by Puertos del Estado.

In the Comunitat Valenciana, the ports of Alicante, Castellón and Valencia surpassed 199,000 passengers, with 5% more than the previous year.

Cruise tourism has become a regular traffic in Spanish ports. More than 4.4 million cruise passengers arrived at one of the 46 ports of general interest of the State during the first six months of the year, which has meant an increase of 23.5% with respect to the 2017 data.

According to the data provided by the International Association of Cruise Lines (CLIA), the direct contribution of this sector to the Spanish economy reached last year 1,481 million euros, 12% more than in 2015, giving direct employment to 31,233 people.

The president of Ports of the State, Ornella Chacón, has highlighted the work of the Port Authorities and other agents of the sector to conserve and enhance the cruise market. "The cruise passengers also generate indirect jobs and move the local economy, which favors the quality of life of thousands of families," she explained.

Spain occupies the second position in Europe as a recipient of cruise passengers, and the fourth as issuer with more than 510,000 Spaniards embarked in 2017. In the same report the port of Barcelona is cited as the main port in Europe with over 2.7 million of cruise passengers in 2017, followed by Civitavecchia (2.2 million) and the ports of the Balearic Islands with 2.1 million.

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“The city was fully committed to cruise passengers, who have been fascinated”

26 May, 2018
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Mr. Francesco Balbi, Director of the Cruise Terminal of Alicante and President of the Alicante Association for Cruise Tourism, shares in the TV news program “Al Cierre”, along with Ms. Mónica Bautista, Commercial Director of the Port Authority of Alicante and Mr. Vicente Armengol, President of the association of merchants Corazón de Alicante, his impressions […]

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“Alicante is a privileged place because of its climate and culture, very different from other places”

5 April, 2018
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Mr. Francesco Balbi, Director of the Alicante Cruise Terminal and President of the Alicante Association for Cruise Tourism, comments in the InformacionTV news program “Al Cierre”, sharing the set with Ms. Raquel Huete, General Director of Tourism of  Generalitat Valenciana and Mr. Antonio Crespo, Director of the CDT of Alicante, his impressions on the good […]

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Alicante debuts as homeport for cruises

13 October, 2016
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This past Sunday, our terminal is adorned to receive the Zenith ship of the shipping company Pullmantur, to celebrate their first departure from Alicante as homeport. During the formal ceremony, and after a few words of welcome from our Director Mr. Francesco Balbi, and statements by the President of the Port Authority, Mr. Juan Antonio […]

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