Contributing to the sustainable development of the destinations we visit is of paramount importance to the cruise industry. Our collaborative approach with city leaders and port authorities has been considered a model for responsible tourism.
On 1 March 2022, the EU Commission hosted the 2nd Pan-European Cruise Dialogue in Brussels. The event was set up to discuss sustainable cruise tourism in the EU. Speakers at the event included the Deputy Head of DG MARE, MEPs, CLIA, the European Sea Ports Association, European Travel Commission and other cruise tourism stakeholders.
CLIA and cruise lines have enjoyed a close and positive cooperation with the Island of Majorca for many years. As the industry continues its sustainable resumption of cruises, CLIA met with the Minister of Economy, Tourism and Labour, Iago Negueruela in December 2021 to discuss tourism management.
Following the meeting, we were pleased to confirm the continued cooperation with the Balearic Islands Government to help Majorca address its specific tourism management issues, including the challenges relating to the configuration of Palma’s old city.
CLIA’s partnership with Dubrovnik, Croatia, has shown how city authorities, communities and the tourism sector can achieve a common vision for responsible tourism. While most visitors travel to Dubrovnik by air, CLIA wanted to play a leadership role to help the city manage visitor flows. The Memorandum of Understanding between CLIA and Dubrovnik has helped to maximise economic and cultural benefits through tourism management. Building on this partnership, we funded a Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) destination assessment for Dubrovnik.Read more about CLIA’s work with Dubrovnik
CLIA is one of the participants in the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s Porto Declaration on Tourism and the Future of Cities. The Declaration recognises the critical need for urban destinations to rethink and reshape tourism under the principles of inclusiveness, resiliency, and sustainability in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the United Nations New Urban Agenda. Find out more about the Porto Declaration, adopted in July 2021 at the UNWTO Mayor’s Forum for Sustainable Urban Tourism.Read the Porto Declaration
Following on from our collaboration with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) in Dubrovnik, CLIA is supporting GSTC destination assessments for the cities and ports of Corfu and Heraklion. The assessments aim to help them understand how to balance the social and economic benefits of tourism for residents while safeguarding the long-term sustainability of these popular Greek destinations.Read our press release
Randy Durband, CEO GSTC, explains more about the role of destination assessments and how it helped the city of Dubrovnik to plan for a sustainable future.
CLIA is supporting the UNWTO research and monitoring centre on sustainability and coastal maritime tourism in the Mediterranean. A collaboration between the UNWTO and the Greek Ministry of Tourism, the new research station will measure the sustainable development of coastal and maritime tourism across the Mediterranean.