Greece Correspondent, Seatrade Maritime
An Australian with over 40 years experience as a journalist and foreign corrrespondent specialising in political and economic issues, David has lived in Greece for over 30 years and was editor of English language publications for Greek daily newspaper Kathimerini in the 1970s before moving into the Akti Miaouli and reporting on Greek and international shipping.
Managing editor of Naftiliaki Greek Shipping Review and Newsfront Greek Shipping Intelligence, David has been Greek editor for Seatrade for over 25 years.
Greece and Turkey could be facing serious issues if new cruise destinations are not developed or if saturation issues are not dealt with at existing ones.
Piraeus-based Celestyal Cruises has just closed a 'very successful year’ and plans to build on this success by 'maximising' the company's target to make the Greek cruise experience available to the world, year-round.
Extending the tourism season, improving the overall tourist experience, boosting private investment, a steady tax framework and the upgrading of port infrastructure are the basic prerequisites if Greece expects to develop its cruise sector potential, Kostis Achladitis, of the Piraeus Chamber of Commerce & Industry told Greek Tourism Expo, in Athens.
Greece-based Celestyal Cruises has made year-round cruising in Greek waters a top priority.
The Greek government has ordered the raising of the sunken cruise ship Sea Diamond that foundered just off the popular holiday island of Santorini 10 years ago, leaving two French passengers missing and presumed dead.