The 2-day meeting took place at the Scandic Aarhus City hotel, when delegates from both port and tourism organisations were welcomed by Cruise Baltic Director, Claus Bødker and his marketing team. He said: “Our programme for the meeting has been enhanced by the participation from guests representing six cruise lines – Frédérique Patry, Silversea; Ann-Kristin Johansson, AIDA; Sarah Schramm, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises; Michael Schulze, Phoenix Reisen; Stephanie Kirsch, TUI Cruises; and Bruce Krumrine and Melanie Lewis, Princess Cruises.”
Day 1 of the Agenda focused on a presentation by Claus Bødker on the proposed Cruise Baltic Strategy 2017-2019, which was discussed and approved by all the partners, details of which will be announced next month at Seatrade Cruise Global in Fort Lauderdale; and additionally a session on sustainability at Baltic Seacruise ports and destinations.
Day 2’s programme featured a workshop on the joint project with Princess Cruises, which will continue in 2017; and planning details announced of two cruise line familiarisation trips to take place in June this year: one to Lübeck-Travemünde, Rostock, Malmo, Helsingborg and Elsinore – the other to Oslo, Arendal, Kristiansand, Klaipeda, Tallinn and Saaremaa.
The 2-day programme also included individual meetings taking place between the cruise line executives and the respective destinations; and delegates enjoyed a leisurely evening spent at Aarhus Street Food and an interesting excursion to the Old Town Museum and Port.