With many exhibitors, including destinations, cruise associations, hospitality suppliers, tour operators and port agents, already signed up, next year's edition looks to be the most successful yet.
These are exciting times for the Port of Barcelona, which has experienced impressive growth over the past 20 years, bringing in 25m cruise passengers to the city during this period. This further cements the economic importance of cruise to the Mediterranean and will continue the success of the previous event, which took place in Marseille in 2012.
The future of the Mediterranean as a top cruise destination continues to look very healthy, with a total of 168 cruise ships active in the region in 2012, collectively carrying a potential 3.78 million passengers, with the same success predicted for 2013 and 2014.
In terms of the wider picture, out of the top ten European destination countries in terms of passenger visits for 2012, the top three were from the Mediterranean, accounting for 55% of all European passenger visits. With high fuel costs making long repositioning voyages more expensive, deployment in the Mediterranean is predicted to surge over the next few years.
The Seatrade Med Cruise Convention incorporates high-level industry conference, a major exhibition, a training seminar for travel agents and an exceptional social programme. Seatrade Med 2014 will be the tenth edition of this major regional cruise event.
For more information about Seatrade Med, please visit cruiseshippingevents.com/med
Seatrade Med is a UBM event organised in partnership with Seatrade.
About Seatrade Med
The Seatrade Med Cruise Convention, the major biennial cruise event focused on the world's second largest cruise destination – the Mediterranean, will gather in Barcelona, Spain from September 16-18, 2014 at Fira de Barcelona Gran Via Conference Centre. Owned and organized by UBM Live in partnership with Seatrade Communications Ltd, Seatrade Med is Europe's most prestigious cruise event, welcoming over 4,000 attendees and 300 exhibiting suppliers and service providers to the Mediterranean cruise market. Part of UBM Live's growing Cruise Shipping Portfolio, Seatrade Med features a comprehensive conference featuring high-profile speakers, an exhibition, a travel agent training component, and valuable networking events.
About UBM Live
UBM Live connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their brands and expand their markets. Through premier brands such as Routes, CPhI, IFSEC, TFM&A, Cruise Shipping Miami, the Concrete Show and many others, UBM Live exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications, websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies across more than 20 industry sectors.
Established 40 years ago, Seatrade is a leader in cruise and maritime publications, conferences and exhibitions, training, awards and other special projects. Regular events include international trade exhibitions and conferences across all maritime sectors, management training courses for shipping professionals, training seminars for travel agents and award schemes, including the Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards. Seatrade publications include magazines, supplements and yearbooks, whilst Seatrade Insider provides daily cruise news online at seatrade-insider.com