Manifesto for the Sustainability of Cruise Tourism in the Port of Palma

CLIA is pleased to support the signing of a Manifesto on the sustainability of cruise tourism in the port of Palma by the Government of the Balearic Islands and cruise lines operating in the island. Signed on 5 May 2022 at an event attended by the President of the Balearic Islands Government, Francina Armegnol, the Manifesto is another positive demonstration of the industry’s commitment to responsible tourism.

The five-year Manifesto has been agreed after considerable dialogue, and aims to facilitate the management of cruise ship arrivals in the port of Palma, staggering arrival times to flatten peaks of activity. President Armengol thanked the cruise lines and CLIA and commented that the collaboration was essential to understanding the specific characteristics of Palma in order to identify the right solution for the island.

Director General for CLIA in Europe, Marie-Caroline Laurent, said: “One of the hallmarks of the cruise industry is its commitment to responsible tourism. By signing this Manifesto with the Balearic Islands Government, cruise lines once again show their commitment to partnering with destinations for the development of a sustainable tourism environment, to the benefit of local communities.”

This joint collaboration will meet the specific needs of Palma. This is important as cruise tourism brings significant economic benefits to the Balearic Islands of more than 500 million euros annually and supports more than 4,000 jobs.

CLIA Director in Spain, Alfredo Serrano

CLIA Director in Spain, Alfredo Serrano, highlighted the significance of the Manifesto also saying: “The cruise industry embraced the dialogue with the Government with an open mind and a willingness to listen to different views and to propose concrete solutions.”

As part of its commitment to responsible tourism, the cruise industry is also leading the way in the development of green shipping. Reducing the carbon footprint of ships – both when docked and sailing – is one of the industry’s priorities, which means that companies are making strong investments in advanced environmental technologies and collaborating with cities and ports in this regard. The industry is on track to meet its commitment to reduce the rate of emissions by 40% by 2030 and has recently announced its commitment to pursue net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.