Cruise industry: Adriatic up, 3.3 mn passengers in 2022

In Bari from Oct. 6 Sea Forum with Italy, Greece, Balkans

28 September, 17:43

    (ANSAmed) - NAPLES, SEPT 28 - The cruise industry is back, after the Covid pandemic, with 3.3 million passengers reported in the Adriatic in 2022, involving Italian coasts and those of Croatia, Bosnia, Greece, Albania, Slovenia and Montenegro. These are key issues in the analysis of the "Adriatic Sea Forum - Cruise, Ferry, Sail & Yacht" scheduled to take place in Bari on October 6-7.

    The two-day event organized by 'Risposte turismo' (tourism responses) will be opened by Puglia Governor Michele Emiliano and by Bari Mayor Antonio Decaro. It will be dedicated to meetings between port operators, representatives of the cruise industry and tourist operators to make programs. At the forefront will be the numbers of the rebirth of the cruise sector as well as some 18 million passengers on ferries and hydrofoils in the Adriatic Sea (up 26% on 2021) with Bari as the first destination in the Adriatic for international routes.

    Launched in 2013 and now on its fifth edition, the forum will register the participation of operators of the cruise, ferry and nautical sectors from seven countries overlooking the Adriatic with a strong calling for maritime tourism thanks to the presence of over 150 tourist destinations across 25 regions.

    "The new edition of the Adriatic Sea Forum - explained Francesco di Cesare, president of Risposte Turismo - comes at a significant time for the sector in which the challenge, more than in the past, lies in attracting tourists. During the two days, we will pose to operators and representatives of government agencies a series of themes to understand the trajectories of development and we will listen to the intentions, projects, programs and questions to reach new and more ambitious results".

    While awaiting forecasts for 2023, 'Risposte Turismo' has anticipated forecasts for the end of 2022 with a cruise traffic which at the end of the year will reach in the Adriatic 3.3 million tourists, up 232% on 2021 thanks to the 2,936 stopovers of cruise ships (+195% on 2021). The doubling of cruise traffic compared to 2021 is encouraging but remains just over half of that recorded in 2019 before the start of the pandemic, when 5.7 million passengers had been in movement. The podium of the 2022 ranking sees Corfù at the helm with more than half a million passengers expected and 411 ship dockings, in front of Kotor (400,000 passengers in movement and 440 ship arrivals) and Trieste (380,000 passengers in movement and 230 dockings). At the national level, at the end of the year Italy is expected to get first place for the number of passengers in movement (1.36 million, or 40% of the total), in front of Croatia (900,000 passengers) and Greece (560,000 passengers). Croatia, instead, will register at the end of 2022 the highest number of ship dockings (995) in front of Italy (927) and Montenegro (453). As far as the segment of ferries and hydrofoils are concerned, the numbers of the Adriatic Sea Tourism Report showed at the end of 2022 in Adriatic ports nearly 18 million passengers in movement (+26% on 2021 and the result close to the 20 million - record numbers - recorded in 2019). At the end of 2022, Bari is expected to be confirmed as the first port in the Adriatic for passengers in movement on international routes (nearly 800,000), ahead of Durazzo and Ancona competing for second position with some 690,000 passengers in movement. In all three ports ferries are in movement for 100% of international routes.(ANSAmed).

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