Heraklion Port Authority (HPΑ) SA has set the bar high as far as cruise passenger arrivals are concerned and it can’t wait to reveal its plans during this May’s Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum 2021 – even though not in person – as one of the event’s main sponsors.
“We understand the strong need of the Cruise community to e-meet, exchange views and understand best practices and united to move cruises to the next level. Cruising in the beautiful cruise destinations of Greece will remain the best way to discover the marquee destinations and true hidden gems. We are looking forward to very exciting events and discussions.” said Minas Papadakis, CEO, Heraklion Port Authority.
Already generating a two-digit percentage of its annual revenues through the cruise industry, the biggest port in Crete foresees a significant passenger volume increase in the next five years, allowing it to rank among the top three cruise ports in Greece. And it is making every effort to ensure it reaches its lofty ambitions; last year HPΑ was a pioneer in cruise operations resumption in the East Med, implementing the strictest Safety and Hygiene protocols, an initiative that received recognition by CLIA and the cruise community in general.
And just ahead of the 2021 season, HPΑ signed a memorandum of cooperation with the University of Thessaly, Laboratory of Hygiene and Epidemiology for continuous monitoring and updating of all protocols according to European Gateways guidelines. The port’s privatisation process is underway, and in spite of pandemic-induced delays, it is believed to be completed during the first quarter of 2022.