European cruise industry sees strong growth ahead despite current challenges

The international cruise industry, whose top priority is ensuring safety of passengers and crews and which is fully committed to learning lessons from the recent tragic Concordia incident, is confident that it will continue to see steady growth in Europe, said European Cruise Council Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio. Among Mr. Lefebvre d’Ovidio’s reasons for optimism, he listed the broad recognition among European policy makers that tourism is a key element for Europe’s recovery, the strong potential for further market penetration and the innovative character and resilience of the cruise industry in the face of previous economic and political upheavals.Source: European Cruise Councilnews release of March 12, 2012Reported to IFTTA by Patrice Tedjini.

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