How passenger shipping is managed at and around ports and the regions they connect, has never felt more relevant. Cruise and ferry operators have had a challenging 2020 but the shipping and ports sectors are working together to look at a sustainable recovery. From major reductions in ferry travel numbers, to looking at the future safe restart and coordination of cruises calls, the passenger shipping industry has faced many challenges throughout the Covid pandemic. However now is the time to look forward.
The British Ports Association and UK Chamber of Shipping will be holding the Maritime Tourism Summit on Thursday 3 December which will seek to build on the vital contribution to the UK economy the sector plays, by developing more sustainable relations between the many stakeholders, carriers, are ports, local authorities, tourist destinations, onward transport providers and national government.
The Summit will consider examples of best practice on how the sector promotes positive economic, social and environmental effects for the areas which the industry serves. It will consider practical measures for improving mobility, identify stakeholders who can provide greater awareness of how passenger shipping is perceived, and emphasise the good work industry already undertakes in delivering services which are sympathetic to the needs of local communities.
Commenting, Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive at the British Ports Association said:
This year has been a very challenging year for the maritime passenger transport sector, which is an important revenue stream for many ports and regions as well as supporting many critical supply routes.
We are pleased to be hosting the inaugural Maritime Tourism Summit with the UK Chamber of Shipping next week which will examine how the shipping and ports sector can continuing working together to better connect and facilitate passenger activities for the benefit of all stakeholders. We have a great line up of speakers confirmed for the event and very much look forward to shining the spotlight on this exciting and important part of the sector as we look to start the journey of getting back to a sector-wide recovery.
Bob Sanguinetti, Chief Executive at the UK Chamber of Shipping adds:
It has been an unprecedented year for the UK shipping and wider maritime industry, and it is vital we understand how communities across the country can benefit from the activities of the ferry and cruise sectors.
We are delighted to welcome a host of excellent speakers to discuss how ports, communities, stakeholders and operators can all work together and promote domestic tourism. As we look to recover from the Covid pandemic, it has never been a better time to explore these opportunities.
The programme for the Maritime Tourism Summit includes a wide range of speakers, both from within and outside the maritime sector. This includes ABTA, Associated British Ports, Cruise Britain, Glasgow School of Art, Hovertravel, Motability, Orkney Islands Council, PONANT, Port of Venice, Portsmouth International Port, Saga Cruise and Travel and The Telegraph. Speakers will be delivering short presentations in a ‘Ted Talk’ like format and following this will be a panel discussion with a number of industry experts.
Speakers topics include:
- Rebuilding the tourism and travel sector
- Cruising during a pandemic
- What Saga Cruise has done to ensure Covid secure cruising
- The popular image of passenger shipping
- Working with the cruise hinterland
- How ports can stand this ‘testing’ time
- How ABP Southampton has worked with stakeholders to manage cruise calls
- Community engagement in the most remote places on earth
- Sustainable maritime tourism in Orkney
- How the city of Venice has managed ‘over tourism’
- An experience of the Inclusive Transport Leaders Scheme
- Connecting on wheels
Sea News, November 27