Date: 21 September 2012 at 09:35
Attendance at the Cruise Shipping Miami Convention should incur fewer expenses than in previous years. This belief was expressed in Parliament by the Minister for Tourism and the Port, Neil Costa, in response to a question from Opposition spokesman Damon Bossino.
The Government believes the Convention, formerly known as Seatrade Miami, does provide value for money as a major showcase for cruise destinations. Mr Costa added that his personal meetings with top executives had achieved an increase of nine calls this year, bringing the expected number of cruise calls for 2012 to 180.
However, the Minister said, there is no need to spend so many tens of thousands of pounds on a huge stand at the Convention. It’s the Government’s view, he said, that because the major industry players now know Gibraltar well, the money is better spent on providing excellent hospitality, in order to be remembered as friends they want to do business with.